Document (#33648)

Author
Wiegand, W.A.
Title
Irrepressible reformer : a biography of Melvil Dewey
Imprint
Chicago, IL : American Library Association
Year
1996
Pages
XX, 403 S
Isbn
0-8389-0680-X
Abstract
Finally, Melvil Dewey fully revealed, in entertaining prose, built on rigorous and deep historical scholarship. This is the definitive biography we've missed for so long. It tells the story of an American archetype?a man imbued with the inventive curiosity, sexism, anti-Semitism, racism, type-A control-freakishness, and reform zeal so characteristic of the power brokers of his time and his nation. The result is a masterpiece of history. It appropriately bears the imprint of the library association he founded and nurtured and which was enlisted for years to coconspire to cover up the darker side of the old boy. Wiegand's (a Dewey historian) penetrating, provocative interpretations add to the readability and pleasure of this fine biography, even his highly arguable view that the persistence of Dewey's design for librarianship means it "will likely remain a marginal profession." To this member of the small club of holders of jobs Dewey once held, it is obvious that Wiegand's work can be used to make the opposite case as well: that it was Dewey who gave librarianship any hope at all of becoming central to modern American society. Either way, you should own and read this brilliant, comprehensive study of the biased crackpot genius to whom we librarians owe so much.?
Footnote
Rez.: Journal of librarianship and information science 29(1997) no.3, S.164-165 (J.H. Bowman)
Theme
Biographische Darstellungen
LCSH
Dewey, Melvil, 1851 / 1931
Librarians / United States / Biography
Educators / United States / Biography
Social reformers / United States / Biography
RSWK
Dewey, Melvil (GBV)
Dewey, Melvil / Biographie (BVB)
BK
06.30 / Bibliothekswesen / Dokumentationswesen: Allgemeines
06.70 / Katalogisierung / Bestandserschließung
DDC
020.'92 / dc20
SBB
Bib A 63 Dewey, Melvil
a a Dewey, Melvil / <66>
LCC
Z720.D5W54 1996
RVK
AN 58200 Allgemeines / Buch- und Bibliothekswesen, Informationswissenschaft / Bibliothekswesen / Biographie, Geschichte / Biographien einzelner Bibliothekare (CSN des Dargestellten)

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