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The Creators : Knowledge - Daniel J. Boorstin

The Creators


Paperback Published: 1st October 1993
ISBN: 9780679743750
Number Of Pages: 832

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By piecing the lives of selected individuals into a grand mosaic, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel J. Boorstin explores the development of artistic innovation over 3,000 years. A hugely ambitious chronicle of the arts that Boorstin delivers with the scope that made his Discoverers a national bestseller.
  Even as he tells the stories of such individual creators as Homer, Joyce, Giotto, Picasso, Handel, Wagner, and Virginia Woolf, Boorstin assembles them into a grand mosaic of aesthetic and intellectual invention.  In the process he tells us not only how great art (and great architecture and philosophy) is created, but where it comes from and how it has shaped and mirrored societies from Vedic India to the twentieth-century United States.

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"The capston to one of the greatest careers in the history of American intellectual endeavor. With The Creators, Boorstin enters the ranks of the 'heroes of the imagination.'" --George F. Will "A remarkable achievement an a pleasure to read." --The New York Times Book Review

"There are few writers who could tackle so vast a subject with as much verve or self-assurance or infectious enthusiam as Boorstin. . . . He combines lively opinion a distinguished historian's erudition, with a first-class journalist's clarity and eye for the revealing anecdote . . . irresitible." --USA Today

A Personal Note to the Reader
The Riddle of Creation: A Prologue
Worlds Without Beginning
The Dazzled vision of the Hindusp. 4
The Indifference of Confuciusp. 9
The Silence of the Buddhap. 59
The Homeric Scriptures of the Greeksp. 26
A Creator-God
The Intimate God of Mosesp. 38
The Birth of Theologyp. 46
The Innovative God of Saint Augustinep. 55
The Uncreated Koranp. 63
Book One: Creator Man
The Power of Stone
The Mystery of Megalithsp. 74
Castles of Eternityp. 79
Temples of Commnunityp. 90
Orders for Survivalp. 101
Artificial Stone: A Roman Revolutionp. 107
Dome of the Worldp. 118
The Great Churchp. 127
A Road Not Taken: The Japanese Triumph of Woodp. 136
The Magic of Images
The Awe of Imagesp. 148
Human Hieroglyphsp. 153
The Athletic Idealp. 164
For Family, Empire - and Historyp. 175
The Healing Imagep. 183
"Satan's Handiwork"p. 193
The Immortal Word
Dionysus the Twice-Bornp. 202
The Birth of the Spectator: From Ritual to Dramap. 206
The Mirror of Comedyp. 214
The Arts of Prose and Persuasionp. 220
Book Two: Re-Creating the World
Otherworldly Elements
The Consoling Pastp. 234
The Music of the Wordp. 238
An Architecture of Lightp. 246
Adventures in Deathp. 255
The Human Comedy: A Composite Work
Escaping the Plaguep. 266
Joys of Pilgrimagep. 276
"In the Land of Booze and Bibbers"p. 288
Adventures in Madnessp. 298
The Spectator Rebornp. 308
The Freedom to Choosep. 320
Sagas of Ancient Empirep. 333
New-World Epicsp. 342
A Mosaic of Novelsp. 353
In Love with the Publicp. 364
From Craftsman to Artist
Archetypes Brought to Lifep. 380
Roman Afterlivesp. 384
The Mysteries of Light: From a Walk to a Windowp. 391
Sovereign of the Visible Worldp. 398
"Divine Michelangelo"p. 407
The Painted Word: The Inward Path of Taop. 419
Composing for the Community
A Protestant Musicp. 428
The Music of Instruments: From Court to Concertp. 439
New Worlds for the Orchestrap. 452
The Music of Risorgimentop. 465
A Germanic Union of the Artsp. 476
The Ephemeral Art of the Dancep. 486
The Music of Innovationp. 500
Conjuring With Time and Space
The Painted Momentp. 512
The Power of Light: "The Pencil of Nature"p. 524
The Rise of the Skyscraperp. 536
Book Three: Creating the Self
The Vanguard Word
Inventing the Essayp. 556
The Art of Being Truthful: Confessionsp. 567
The Arts of Seeming Truthful: Autobiographyp. 577
Intimate Biographyp. 585
The Heroic Selfp. 598
Songs of the Selfp. 613
In a Dry Seasonp. 628
The Wilderness Within
An American at Seap. 642
Sagas of the Russian Soulp. 658
Journey to the Interiorp. 672
The Garden of Involuntary Memoryp. 684
The Filigreed Selfp. 697
"I Too Am Here!"p. 715
Vistas from a Restless Selfp. 727
Epilogue: Mysteries of a Public Artp. 739
Some Reference Notesp. 751
Acknowledgmentsp. 779
Indexp. 783
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780679743750
ISBN-10: 0679743758
Series: Knowledge
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 832
Published: 1st October 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.5  x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1

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