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A Week in Literary History

July 21st, 2002

Canadian polymath and media expert Marshall McLuhan (Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, 1964) is born in Edmonton, Alberta, 1911.

Marshall McLuhan, b. July 21, 1911, d. 1980

mcluhan.pngMcLuhan seems not to have aged well: an example of the seer being lionized and then (almost) forgotten before the full implications of his ideas had time to sink in. A pity. To read this remarkable man’s books, especially Understanding Media (1964), is to encounter so many brilliant ideas they make your head swim. A man far ahead of his time.

Suggested Reading Books The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man, 1951. The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man, 1962. Understanding Media: Extensions of Man, 1964. Voices of Literature, 1964. The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects, 1967. War and Peace in the Global Village, 1968. The Interior Landscape: The Literary Criticism of Marshall McLuhan, 1943-1962, 1969. From Cliché to Archetype, 1970.

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