Earl Shorris

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Earl Shorris (Chicago, June 25, 1936 – New York City, May 27, 2012) was an American writer and social critic. He is best known for establishing the Clemente Course in the Humanities, an "educational institution founded in 1995 to teach the humanities at the college level to people living in economic distress."[1] He was critical of Western culture as "sliding towards plutocracy and materialism."[2]


  • The Death of the Great Spirit: An Elegy for the American Indian (1973)
  • A Nation of Salesmen: The Tyranny of the Market and the Subversion of Culture W. W. Norton (1994) ISBN 0393334082
  • Under the Fifth Sun: A Novel of Pancho Villa W. W. Norton (1980) ISBN 9780440093886
  • Jews Without Mercy: A Lament Anchor Books/Doubleday (1982)
  • Riches for the Poor: The Clemente Course in the Humanities W. W. Norton & Company (2000) ISBN 978-0393320664
  • In the Yucatan: A Novel W. W. Norton & Company (2000) ISBN 978-0-393-34202-4
  • The Life and Times of Mexico W. W. Norton & Company (2004) ISBN 978-0393059267
  • The Politics of Heaven: America in Fearful Times W. W. Norton & Company (2007) ISBN 978-0393059632
  • The Art of Freedom: Teaching the Humanities to the Poor W. W. Norton & Company (2013) ISBN 978-0-393-08127-5
  • American Vespers Harper's Magazine Dec. 2011


  1. ^ "Welcome". The Clemente Course in the Humanities. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Vitello, Paul (June 2, 2012). "Earl Shorris, 75, Dies; Fought Poverty With Knowledge". The New York Times. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 

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