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Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

Thursday June 2005


Theodore Dalrymple Dietrich Weismann Fellow, The Manhattan Institute Contributing Editor, City Journal

“Intellectuals and artists are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, and we ought to pay close attention to what they say and how they say it” – Theodore Dalrymple

Theodore Dalrymple is a writer and observer of genius, whose essays have won him a critical reputation as “the Orwell of our time” and even the “Edmund Burke of our age.” In this brilliant new collection of his City Journal essays, he examines the interplay of culture and society, well understanding how the seemingly insubstantial ideas and beliefs in one realm shape the hardest realities in the other. With witty and profound essays celebrating Shakespeare’s humanism or exploring the dark realities of Britain’s underclass (which Dalrymple knows in concrete detail, having long worked as a prison doctor in England), this is the definitive Dalrymple.