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Great Diary.

What is the most readable and accurate biography on Veblen out there, in your opinion?

I'd like to read more.

Thanks.

"When the abyss stares at me, it wets its pants." Brian Hopkins

by EricC on Sat Mar 17th, 2007 at 06:52:06 AM EST
Veblen himself was horrified at the prospect of biographies and left a final note specifically asking that none be written.  Naturally, the biographers who disregarded this request have done a wretched job.  The one by a guy named Dorfman was so bad, the remaining family members protested  vociferously.

There have been some very good commentaries on Veblen.  The best were written by Clarence Ayers and Rick Tilman.

And of course, there is all the stuff uncovered during the restoration the restoration.  You can find out most of it at:
http://www.elegant-technology.com/TVrestor.html

Read all the stuff here and you will a damn fine start on what passes for a biography these days.


"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2007 at 11:40:21 AM EST
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Thanks.

Always wondered why I couldn't find a good biography of V.

The Gilded Age is my favorite period of American history, and V rocked the boat a bit.

That farmhouse was a jewel for the Minnestoa of its time, I'd think.

Will read the site and your first diary on him too.

"When the abyss stares at me, it wets its pants." Brian Hopkins

by EricC on Sat Mar 17th, 2007 at 05:02:15 PM EST
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Oh yes indeed, the Minnesota farmhouse is a jewel.  It featured a formal dining room with a clever pass-through to the kitchen, a walk-in closet off the master bedroom, and the first hardwood floors in the county, etc.

Thomas Veblen was a master carpenter and this was the third house he had built in North America.  By the standards of his neighbors, this was really nothing less than a mansion built with hand tools.

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Sun Mar 18th, 2007 at 10:04:45 AM EST
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