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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Curtis White  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: January 24, 1951 in Oakland, California


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E-Mail: -- CKWHITE@ILSTU.EDU


Illinois Connection

Curtis currently resides in Normal, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Curtis White is a professor of English at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He is a widely acclaimed essayist and author. His work appears regularly in ''Context'' and ''Harper's''. He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Book Culture/Dalkey Archive Press.


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Selected Titles At Your Library

America's magic mountain :
ISBN: 1564783693. OCLC Number: 55657495

Dalkey Archive Press,. .

"A contemporary version of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, Curtis White's novel begins with Mann's "unassuming young man," Hans Castorp, visiting his cousin at a health retreat. In this version though, the retreat is a spa for recovering alcoholics, unlike all other rehab centers. Rather than encouraging their patients to free themselves of their addiction, the directors of The Elixir believe that sobriety isn't for everyone, that you must let alcohol work its way on you. Filled with many compelling and comic voices, White's novel is a strange and unlikely world that, nevertheless, is quite recognizable as our own."--Jacket.

Heretical songs :
ISBN: 0914590626. OCLC Number: 7789662

Fiction Collective :. .

Memories of my father watching TV :
ISBN: 1564781895. OCLC Number: 38106150

Dalkey Archive Press,. .

For the boy narrator of this tale, to be a man one must kill one's father. He plays out the fantasy as he watches a war movie with him on TV. "My father was a German pontoon bridge ... he had to be taken out."

Metaphysics in the Midwest :
ISBN: 1557130469. OCLC Number: 19132963

Sun & Moon Press,. .

Monstrous possibility :
ISBN: 1564781909. OCLC Number: 38112534

Dalkey Archive Press,. .

"In Monstrous Possibility Curtis White creates a lucid perspective on what it means to be a writer and a human being in the so-called post-modern moment."--Jacket.

Not Normal, Illinois :
ISBN: 9780253210227. OCLC Number: 313659440

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Requiem /
ISBN: 1564783081. OCLC Number: 46732551

Dalkey Archive Press,. .

"Includes letters-to-the-editor, an e-mail correspondence with a porn queen, scenes from the lives of classical musicians, and retellings of biblical stories. In the process, White charts the rise and fall of the Human from the Bible (pre-human), to the Enlightenment (the invention of the human), to the digital age (post-human), to the Enlightenment (the invention of the human), to the digital age (post-human)."--Back cover.

The barbaric heart :
ISBN: 9781351220002. OCLC Number: 1005354038

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Smart, funny, and fresh, The Barbaric Heart argues that the present environmental crisis will not be resolved by the same forms of crony capitalism and managerial technocracy that created the crisis in the first place. With his trademark wit, White argues that the solution might very well come from an unexpected quarter: the arts, religion, and the realm of the moral imagination.--Provided by publisher.

The barbaric heart :
ISBN: 0981709125. OCLC Number: 310396067

PoliPointPress ;. .

"The Barbaric Heart argues that the present environment crisis will not be resolved by the same forms of crony capitalism and managerial technocracy that created the crisis in the first place. Curtis White argues that the solution might very well come from an unexpected quarter: the arts, religion, and the realm of the moral imagination."--Jacket.

The idea of home /
ISBN: 1564783707. OCLC Number: 55657684

Dalkey Archive Press,. .

"In The Idea of Home, Curtis White imagines "a place in which humans can live." This utopia is definitely not San Lorenzo - a postwar, prefabricated suburb in California - where White grew up. From the vantage point of an unbalanced adulthood, White's observations on recent American history explore the dark heart of suburbia. The Idea of Home displays what life would have been like for Nietzsche and Mark Twain if they had the misfortune of growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1950s and '60s."--Jacket.

The middle mind :
ISBN: 0141016752. OCLC Number: 57168166

Penguin,. .

What is 'The Middle Mind?' According to Curtis White, it's the dominant force shaping American culture - and as we know, American culture is increasingly our culture too. Providing insights into the absurdity of the US lifestyle, this book calls for a recovery of imagination.

The middle mind :
ISBN: 0060730595. OCLC Number: 56639129

HarperSanFrancisco,. .

The Spirit of Disobedience
ISBN: 0981576907. OCLC Number: 213854736

Polipoint Pr. .

The spirit of disobedience :
ISBN: 9780978769451. OCLC Number: 244102135

Polity Audio LLC,. .

Trained relentlessly to work and consume, we make daily lifestyle decisions that promote corporate profits more than our own well-being. We also find ourselves working more, living in fragmented communities, and neglecting our most basic spiritual and political values. We live in a society of affluence and do not take the time to ask the question: How shall we live? White asks if liberalism can answer this question without drawing on spiritual values. He looks at examples of popular culture and asks us to compare them with such human fundamentals as free time, home and food. Finally he interviews John De Graaf, James Howard Kunstler, and Michael Ableman concerning their views of a good life as they see it.