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Dorian Graying
Is Youth the Only Thing Worth Having?




ISBN 9780895031693
Published June 15, 1995 by Routledge
243 Pages

 
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In his latest and perhaps most adventuresome book, Robert Kastenbaum offers a fresh view of the quest for perpetual youth. The focus is on the "pretty monster" that Oscar Wilde created a century ago in "The Picture of Dorian Gray". We see Dorian first within the frame of his own times, responding to the pressures of modernization by attempting to escape the natural progression of time. Next we enter Dorian, the Opera, a re-imagining of his quest in the postmodern world of interactive computers. Finally, we observe Dorian's obsession and plight in our own graying society. This insightful analysis of the dangers inherent in becoming "terminally young" also provides a set of propositions worth consideration by gerontologists, educators, philosophers, media mavens, and policy-makers.

Table of Contents

Dedication

You Are Young

PART I
 Is Youth The Only Thing Worth Having?
 Tithon and On and On and On ...parables of immortal aging
 Dorian in His Own Times

PART II
 Intermezzo
 Dorian, the Opera

PART III
 Dorian in Our Times

PART IV
 Epilogue: You Are Old
 References
 Appendix 

 

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Robert Kastenbaum (Author)