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What Good are the Arts?

John Carey

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From one of the country’s most eminent reviewers and academics, a delightfully sceptical and devastatingly intelligent assessment of the true value of art.

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'Exhilarating and suggestive ... Professor John Carey is at his most acerbic, combative and impassioned in this brilliant polemic.'

Rupert Christiansen, Spectator
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An informative, thought-provoking and entertaining book on a subject that rarely produces writing with all three qualities.

David Lodge, Sunday Times
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Brilliantly stimulating and timely.

Helen Meany, Irish Times
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Engaged, provocative and frequently funny.

Sam Leith, Daily Telegraph
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'Incisive and inspirational ... How interesting it would be if Carey's anti-elitist values were adopted and put into practice. Next time the post of chair of the Arts Council becomes vacant, someone ought to nominate him.'

Blake Morrison, Guardian

John Carey is an Emeritus Professor at Oxford University. His books include studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, The Intellectuals and the Masses, What Good Are the Arts? and a life of William Golding.

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