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A Jacques Barzun Reader : A Selection From His Works - Jacques Barzun

A Jacques Barzun Reader

A Selection From His Works

Paperback Published: 1st July 2003
ISBN: 9780060935429
Number Of Pages: 640

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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.

Introductionp. xiv
On a Pragmatic View of Life
Toward a Fateful Serenityp. 3
On the Two Ways of Knowing: History and Science
The Search for Truthsp. 15
History as Counter-Method and Anti-Abstractionp. 19
The Imagination of the Realp. 26
Cultural History: A Synthesisp. 27
Alfred North Whiteheadp. 34
William James: The Mind as Artistp. 35
Thomas Beddoes, M.D.p. 39
Science and Scientismp. 49
Myths for Materialistsp. 69
On What Critics Argue About
Criticism: An Art or a Craft?p. 79
The Scholar-Criticp. 87
James Agate and His Nine Egosp. 92
The Grand Pretensep. 103
On Sentimentalityp. 107
Samuel Butlerp. 108
On Romanticismp. 114
Dorothy Sayersp. 116
John Jay Chapmanp. 120
Remembering Lionel Trillingp. 129
On Language and Style
Rhetoric--What It Is; Why Neededp. 149
The Retort Circumstantialp. 156
The Necessity of a Common Tonguep. 160
The Word "Man"p. 168
On Biographyp. 172
Venus at Large: Sexuality and the Limits of Literaturep. 175
Onoma-Onomato-Onomatwaddlep. 186
On Some Classics
Swift, or Man's Capacity for Reasonp. 193
Why Diderot?p. 203
William Hazlittp. 213
How the Romantics Invented Shakespearep. 216
Bernard Shawp. 231
Goethe's Faustp. 235
When the Orient Was New: Byron, Kinglake, and Flaubertp. 250
The Permanence of Oscar Wildep. 272
Bagehot as Historianp. 284
Lincoln the Literary Artistp. 293
The Reign of William and Henryp. 304
On Music and Design
Why Opera?p. 323
Is Music Unspeakable?p. 324
Music for Europe: A Travers Chantsp. 337
To Praise Varesep. 354
Delacroixp. 358
Visual Evidence of a New Agep. 362
Museum Piece 1967p. 366
Why Art Must Be Challengedp. 374
On Teaching and Learning
The Art of Making Teachersp. 387
Where the Educational Nonsense Comes Fromp. 391
Occupational Disease: Verbal Inflationp. 392
The Centrality of Readingp. 396
The Tyranny of Testingp. 401
History for Beginnersp. 404
Of What Use the Classics Today?p. 412
The University's Primary Taskp. 423
The Scholar Is an Institutionp. 424
Exeunt the Humanitiesp. 426
On America Past and Present
On Baseballp. 437
Race: Fact or Fiction?p. 443
Thoreau the Thorough Impressionistp. 447
The Railroadp. 465
The Great Switchp. 470
Is Democratic Theory for Export?p. 473
Administering and the Lawp. 488
The Three Enemies of Intellectp. 492
An American Commencementp. 509
On France and the French
Paris in 1830p. 519
Food for the NRFp. 539
French and Its Vagariesp. 545
Flaubert's Dictionary of Accepted Ideasp. 553
On Crime, True and Make-Believe
The Aesthetics of the Criminousp. 563
Rex Stoutp. 564
A Catalogue of Crimep. 567
Why Read Crime Fiction?p. 571
The Place and Point of "True Crime"p. 578
Meditations on the Literature of Spyingp. 581
A Miscellany
Definitionsp. 591
Jottingsp. 593
Clerihewsp. 595
Ars Poeticap. 597
Bibliographyp. 599
Index of Namesp. 605
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ISBN: 9780060935429
ISBN-10: 0060935421
Series: Perennial Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st July 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.8  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.47