Cultural Amnesia (book)

Cultural Amnesia is a book of biographical essays by Clive James, first published in 2007. The U.K. title, published by MacMillan, is Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time, while the U.S. title, published by W. W. Norton, is Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories From History and the Arts.[1][2] The cover illustration was adapted from a work by German Modernist designer Peter Behrens.

Cultural Amnesia
First edition (UK)
AuthorClive James
Cover artistPeter Behrens
Published2007 (MacMillan UK)
Media typehardcover


The book is a series of essays on 106 people James has been fascinated by, most of them from the 20th century. The chapters are in alphabetical order of the subject's name, as follows:


  1. ^ Schillinger, Liesl (8 April 2007). "What Kind of Car Is a Ford Madox Ford?". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Cultural Amnesia". The Australian. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2010.

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