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A Jacques Barzun Reader

release date: Jul 08, 2003
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A Jacques Barzun Reader
Throughout his career Jacques Barzun, author of the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist From Dawn to Decadence, has always been known as a witty and graceful essayist, one who combines a depth of knowledge and a rare facility with words. Now Michael Murray has carefully selected eighty of Barzun's most inventive, accomplished, and insightful essays, and compiled them in one impressive volume. With subjects ranging from history to baseball to crime novels, A Jacques Barzun Reader is a feast for any reader.

A Word Or Two Before You Go--

release date: Jan 01, 1986
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A Word Or Two Before You Go--
The renowned scholar and author of "Teacher in America" and "The House of Intellect," examines how the urge to be snobbish, prestigious, technical, scientific, and abstract has led the English language astray

The Culture We Deserve

release date: May 01, 1989
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The Culture We Deserve
Twelve essays exploring aspects of literacy and art criticism, retrospective sociology and the effects of relativism on moral behavior.

Of Human Freedom

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From Dawn to Decadence

release date: May 15, 2001
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From Dawn to Decadence
Highly regarded here and abroad for some thirty works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun has now set down in one continuous narrative the sum of his discoveries and conclusions about the whole of Western culture since 1500. In this account, Barzun describes what Western Man wrought from the Renaisance and Reformation down to the present in the double light of its own time and our pressing concerns. He introduces characters and incidents with his unusual literary style and grace, bringing to the fore those that have "Puritans as Democrats," "The Monarch's Revolution," "The Artist Prophet and Jester" -- show the recurrent role of great themes throughout the eras. The triumphs and defeats of five hundred years form an inspiring saga that modifies the current impression of one long tale of oppression by white European males. Women and their deeds are prominent, and freedom (even in sexual matters) is not an invention of the last decades. And when Barzun rates the present not as a culmination but a decline, he is in no way a prophet of doom. Instead, he shows decadence as the creative novelty that will burst forth -- tomorrow or the next day. Only after a lifetime of separate studies covering a broad territory could a writer create with such ease the synthesis displayed in this magnificent volume.

The Modern Researcher

The Modern Researcher
Technique of finding and using available materials.

Classic, Romantic, and Modern

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Classic, Romantic, and Modern
Drawing from the works of influential figures in art and literature, the author traces the development of romanticism from classicism and the emergence of the modern ego.

Teacher in America

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Berlioz and the Romantic Century

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Critical Questions

release date: Apr 01, 1984
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Critical Questions
Essays discuss musical esthetics, biography, criticism, social commentary, and the relationship between art and our perception of reality
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