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About Vintage Reading

Vintage Reading brings eighty of the world's most unforgettable books out from behind the high castle walls, lowers the drawbridge, and welcomes readers inside. With lively and concise commentary, award-winning author Robert Kanigel throws an arm around the reader and becomes the tour guide to:

  • Books That Shaped the Western World
  • Books on Everyone's List of Literary Classics
  • Books on Many a List for Burning
  • Lighter Fare: Good Reads, Best Sellers
  • One-of-a-Kinds
  • "But I Know What I Like": Books on Aesthetics & Style
  • Making Hard Work Easy: Great Works of Popularization
  • Not Robinson Crusoe…Lesser Known Classics
  • The Realm of the Spirit: Holy & Human

From St. Augustine's Confessions to Dorothy Parker's Stories, Kanigel presents a unique collection of essays unlike any other stuffy attempt at introducing the modern reader to Great Books. Vintage Reading is welcoming. It opens the door to 80 good books rather than post stern-faced guards around them.

Before writing his critically acclaimed titles The Man Who Knew Infinity and The One Best Way, Kanigel penned these essays to guide time-starved bibliophiles to important books they may have missed. The essays appeared in such publications as Baltimore's Evening Sun, Cleveland's Plain Dealer, and The Los Angeles Times.

About Robert Kanigel
Robert Kanigel is a winner of the Grady-Stack award for science writing, and winner of "Author of the Year" honors in 1998 by the 1200-member American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). He is also a National Book Critics Award finalist, a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. His The One Best Way was one of four finalists for the Global Business Book Award for biography, co-sponsored by the Financial Times of London and the management consulting firm of Booz-Allen. The Man Who Knew Infinity is now in its fifth paperback printing. His fourth book, High Season: How One French Riviera Town Has Seduced Travelers for Two Thousand Years, is due to be published in June 2002 by Viking Press.

His articles and essays have been published in magazines such as The Sciences, American Health, and The New York Times Magazine. His book reviews have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Psychology Today. For many years, he taught writing in the Publications Design Program at the University of Baltimore. Since September 1999, Kanigel has been a professor of science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and administrator of its new Graduate Program in Science Writing. A Kanigel talk on Vintage Reading was broadcast on C-Span's "About Books" in August 1998.

Robert Kanigel's Website

Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist

  • U.K., Indian, German, and Japanese editions
  • Library Journal Best Sci-Tech Books of 1991
  • New York Public Library Book to Remember 1991

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