Riches for the Poor by Earl Shorris
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Riches for the Poor
By Earl Shorris

Riches for the Poor

The Clemente Course in the Humanities

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Riches for the Poor by Earl Shorris

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"Rich people learn the humanities; you didn't...It is generally accepted in America that the liberal arts and humanities in particular belong to the elite. I think you're the elite." In this groundbreaking work, Shorris examines the nature of poverty in America today. Why are people poor, and why do they stay poor? Shorris argues that they lack politics, or the ability to participate fully in the public world; knowing only the immediacy and oppression of force, the poor remain trapped and isolated. To test his theory, Shorris creates an experimental school teaching the humanities to poor people, giving them the means to reflect and negotiate rather than react. The results are nothing short of astonishing. Originally published in hardcover under the title New American Blues.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393320664
ISBN-10: 0393320669
Format: Paperback
(211mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 8-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Art of Freedom by Earl Shorris Art of Freedom, Hardback (January 2013)

A conversation in a prison cell sparks an ambitious undertaking to attack the roots of long-term poverty.

Politics of Heaven by Earl Shorris Politics of Heaven, Hardback (September 2007)

An unsettling account of the events, ideas, and minds behind the nameless political movement that governs America today.

Life and Times of Mexico by Earl Shorris Life and Times of Mexico, Paperback (February 2006)

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2004. "A work of scope and profound insight into the divided soul of Mexico."--History Today

Latinos by Earl Shorris Latinos, Paperback (August 2001)

"Brilliant... A loving and detailed celebration of a diverse, beautiful and often astounding people."-Laurence Gonzales, Chicago Tribune

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Author Biography - Earl Shorris

Earl Shorris (1936-2012) is the author of many works of both fiction and non-fiction including Latinos, Under the Fifth Sun, In the Language of Kings, and Riches for the Poor. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Clinton for his founding of the Clemente Course in the Humanities(R), Inc.

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