What Good are the Arts? by John Carey is a provocative, entertaining and devastatingly intelligent assessment of the values and problems of art.
John Carey is a distinguished critic, reviewer and broadcaster, and the author of several books including studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, and most recently, Pure Pleasure: A Guide to the Twentieth Century's Most Enjoyable Books. He is a regular critic on BBC radio and is the editor of the best-selling anthologies The Faber Book of Reportage, The Faber Book of Science and The Faber Book of Utopias.
"'An informative, thought-provoking and entertaining book on a subject that rarely produces writing with all three qualities.' David Lodge, Sunday Times 'Engaged, provocative and frequently funny.' Sam Leith, Daily Telegraph 'Incisive and inspirational.' Blake Morrison, Guardian"