Crying: A Natural and Cultural History of Tears (Paperback)

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"Highly readable. . . . A fascinating and thoughtful book."—Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times

In this wide-ranging and provocative study, Tom Lutz looks at the ways people have understood weeping from the earliest known representations of tears in the fourteenth century B.C. to the tears found in today’s films. Drawing on works of literature, philosophy, art, and science from the writings of Plato and Darwin to the paintings of Picasso to modern medical journals, he unearths the multiple meanings and uses of tears.

About the Author

Tom Lutz lives in Los Angeles and Iowa City, where he teaches at the University of Iowa. He is the author of American Nervousness, 1903: A History of Nervous Illness at the Turn of the Century.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393321036
ISBN-10: 0393321037
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 17th, 2001
Pages: 356
Language: English