Education: The Great Books (Contd.)

What are the greatest books of the 20th century?

That parlor question has been troubling Philosopher Mortimer Jerome Adler, 75, partly because the sage of Aspen has an incurable passion for arranging ideas into categories, partly because this is the 25th anniversary of his proclamation, with the help of Robert Hutchins, of the "Great Books of the Western World." To organize that 5-ft. 1-in. shelf, Adler bestowed the title of greatness on 443 works by 74 authors, but denied it to anyone after Freud and William James.

Now Adler is planning an equally weighty continuation of that shelf: a 20-volume series entitled, not...

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