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A Jacques Barzun reader : selections from his works

Author: Jacques Barzun; Michael Murray
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2002.
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A collection of essays discusses such topics as history, philosophy, literature, education, and music, and re-examines such figures as Shaw, Berlioz, Swift, Dorothy Sayers, and Diderot.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques Barzun; Michael Murray
ISBN: 0066210194 9780066210193
OCLC Number: 46866217
Description: xxii, 615 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. On a pragmatic view of life --
Toward a fateful serenity --
2. On the two ways of knowing : history and science --
The search for truths --
History as counter-method and anti-abstraction --
The imagination of the real --
Cultural history : a synthesis --
Alfred North Whitehead --
William James : the mind as artist --
Thomas Beddoes, M.D. --
Science and scientism --
Myths for materialists --
3. On what critics argue about --
Criticism : an art or a craft? --
The scholar-critic --
James Agate and his nine egos --
The grand pretense --
On sentimentality --
Samuel Butler --
On romanticism --
Dorothy Sayers --
John Jay Chapman --
Remembering Lionel Trilling --
4. On language and style --
Rhetoric : what it is : why needed --
The retort circumstantial --
The necessity of a common tongue --
The word "man" --
On biography --
Venus at large : sexuality and the limits of literature --
Onoma, Onomato, Onomatwaddle --
5. On some classics --
Swift, or man's capacity for reason --
Why Diderot? --
William Hazlitt --
How the romantics invented Shakespeare --
Bernard Shaw --
Goethe's Faust --
When the Orient was new : Byron, Kinglake, and Flaubert --
The permanence of Oscar Wilde --
Bagehot as historian --
Lincoln the literary artist --
The reign of William and Henry --
6. On music and design --
Why opera? --
Is music unspeakable? --
Music for Europe : a travers chants --
To praise Varèse --
Delacroix --
Visual evidence of a new age --
Museum piece --
Why art must be challenged --
7. On teaching and learning --
The art of making teachers --
Where the educational nonsense comes from --
Occupational disease : verbal inflation --
The centrality of reading --
The tyranny of testing --
History for beginners --
Of what use the classics today? --
The university's primary task --
The scholar is an institution --
Exeunt the humanities --
8. On America past and present --
On baseball --
Race : fact or fiction? --
Thoreau the thorough impressionist --
The railroad --
The great switch --
Is Democratic theory for export? --
Administering and the law --
The three enemies of intellect --
An American commencement --
9. On France and the French --
Paris in 1830 --
Food for the NRF --
French and its vagaries --
Flaubert's Dictionary of accepted ideas --
10. On crime, true and make-believe --
The aesthetics of the criminous --
Rex Stout --
A catalogue of crime --
Why read crime fiction?--
The place and point of "true crime" --
Meditations on the literature of spying --
11. A miscellany --
Definitions --
Jottings --
Clerihews --
Ars poetical.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: edited with an introduction by Michael Murray.
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A collection of essays discusses such topics as history, philosophy, literature, education, and music, and re-examines such figures as Shaw, Berlioz, Swift, Dorothy Sayers, and Diderot.

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