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Author: Daniel J Boorstin; Daniel J. Boorstin Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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Chronicles the history of the arts and includes biographies of important figures ranging from Homer to Stravinsky incorporated into a mosaic of creativity that spans three thousand years.
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Genre/Form: Arts
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel J Boorstin; Daniel J. Boorstin Collection (Library of Congress)
ISBN: 0679743758 9780679743750
OCLC Number: 27895863
Notes: Originally published: New York : Random House, ©1992.
Companion volume to: The discoverers. 1983.
Description: xiv, 811 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The riddle of creation: a prologue --
Part 1. Worlds without beginning --
1. The dazzled vision of the Hindus --
2. The indifference of Confucius --
3. The silence of the Buddha --
4. The Homeric scripture of the Greeks --
Part 2. A creator-God --
5. The intimate God of Moses --
6. The birth of theology --
7. The innovative God of Saint Augustine --
8. The uncreated Koran. Book 1: Creator man --
Part 3. The power of stone --
9. The mystery of megaliths --
10. Castles of eternity --
11. Temples of community --
12. Orders for survival --
13. Artificial stone: a Roman revolution --
14. Dome of the world --
15. The great church --
16. A road not taken: the Japanese triumph of wood --
Part 4. The magic of images --
17. The awe of images --
18. Human hieroglyphs --
19. The athletic ideal --
20. For family, empire --
and history --
21. The healing image --
22. "Satan's handiwork" --
Part 5. The immortal word --
23. Dionysus the twice-born --
24. The birth of the spectator: from ritual to drama --
25. The mirror of comedy --
26. The arts of prose and persuasion. Book 2: Re-creating the world --
Part 6. Otherworldly elements --
27. The consoling past --
28. The music of the word --
29. An architecture of light --
30. Adventures in death --
Part 7. The human comedy: a composite work --
31. Escaping the plague --
32. Joys of pilgrimage --
33. "In the land of booze and bibbers" --
34. Adventures in madness --
35. The spectator reborn --
36. The freedom to choose --
37. Sagas of ancient empire --
38. New-world epics --
39. A mosaic of novels --
40. In love with the public --
Part 8. From craftsman to artist --
41. Archetypes brought to life --
42. Roman afterlives --
43. The mysteries of light: from a walk to a window --
44. Sovereign of the visible world --
45. "Divine Michelangelo" --
46. The painted word: the inward path of Tao. Part 9. Composing for the community --
47. A protestant music --
48. The music of instruments: from court to concert --
49. New worlds for the orchestra --
50. The music of risorgimento --
51. A Germanic union of the arts --
52. The ephemeral art of the dance --
53. The music of innovation --
Part 10. Conjuring with time and space --
54. The painted moment --
55. The power of light: "The pencil of nature" --
56. The rise of the skyscraper. Book 3. Creating the self --
Part 11. The vanguard word --
57. Inventing the essay --
58. The art of being truthful: confessions --
59. The arts of seeming truthful: autobiography --
60. Intimate biography --
61. The heroic self --
62. Songs of the self --
63. In a dry season --
Part 12. The wilderness within --
64. An American at sea --
65. Sagas of the Russian soul --
66. Journey to the interior --
67. The garden of involuntary memory --
68. The filigreed self --
69. "I too am here!" --
70. Vistas from a restless self --
Epilogue: Mysteries of a public art.
Responsibility: Daniel J. Boorstin.
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Chronicles the history of the arts and includes biographies of important figures ranging from Homer to Stravinsky incorporated into a mosaic of creativity that spans three thousand years.

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