A Jacques Barzun Reader

Selections from His Works
Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060935421
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 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.

From Dawn to Decadence

500 Years of Western Cultural Life : 1500 to the Present
Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780007115501
Category: Civilization, Western
Page: 877
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The product of the author's lifetime, this powerful narrative, insterrsperses the author's analysis of wars, philosophy, science, manners, sex, religion, morals, art, et al, from the Reformation to the present day, with biographical sketches of influential historical figures. His conclusion is that the decadence of the current age is merely a watershed for a new age in which Western culture will again flourish.

The House of Intellect


Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060102306
Category: Education
Page: 283
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Featuring a new preface by the author, a new edition of the best-selling study offers a provocative critique of the intellectual--and pseudo-intellectual world of American culture, identifying three key enemies of Intellect--Art, Science, and Philanthropy--in the areas of public administration, communications, education, business, scholarship, and conversation and home life. Reprint.

Classic, Romantic, and Modern


Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226038520
Category: History
Page: 255
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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.

A Stroll with William James


Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226038698
Category: Philosophy
Page: 344
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With this book, Jacques Barzun pays what he describes as an "intellectual debt" to William James—psychologist, philosopher, and, for Barzun, guide and mentor. Commenting on James's life, thought, and legacy, Barzun leaves us with a wise and civilized distillation of the great thinker's work.

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The Forgotten Conditions of Teaching and Learning
Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780226038476
Category: Education
Page: 222
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Criticizes the current educational system, and offers suggestions on curriculum, testing, grading, and teaching methods

Teacher in America


Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: University Press of Amer
ISBN: 9780819154477
Category: Education
Page: 321
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Simple & Direct


Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060937238
Category: Reference
Page: 288
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A fter a lifetime of writing and editing prose, Jacques Barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one's style. His discussions of diction, syntax, tone, meaning, composition, and revision guide the reader through the technique of making the written word clear and agreeable to read. Exercises, model passages both literary and casual, and hundreds of amusing examples of usage gone wrong show how to choose the right path to self-expression in forceful and distinctive words.

The Lonely Crowd


Author: David Riesman,Nathan Glazer,Reuel Denney
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300174144
Category: Social Science
Page: 392
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The Lonely Crowd is considered by many to be the most influential book of the twentieth century. Its now-classic analysis of the 'new middle class' in terms of inner-directed and other-directed social character opened exciting new dimensions in our understanding of the psychological, political, and economic problems that confront the individual in contemporary American society. The 1969 abridged and revised edition of the book is now reissued with a new foreword by Todd Gitlin that explains why the book is still relevant to our own era.

Darwin - Marx - Wagner - Critique of a Heritage


Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: Barzun Press
ISBN: 1443729892
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
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Originally published in 1897, this early works is a fascinating novel of the period and still an interesting read today. Contents include; The function of Latin, Chansons De Geste, The Matter of Britain, Antiquity in Romance, The making of English and the settlement of European Prosody, Middle High German Poetry, The 'Fox, ' The 'Rose, ' and the minor Contributions of France, Icelandic and Provencal, The Literature of the Peninsulas, and Conclusion..... Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwor

The Culture We Deserve


Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 9780819562371
Category: History
Page: 200
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Twelve essays exploring aspects of literacy and art criticism, retrospective sociology and the effects of relativism on moral behavior.

How to Read a Book

The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
Author: Mortimer J. Adler,Charles Van Doren
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476790159
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 448
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Analyzes the art of reading and suggests ways to approach literary works, offering techniques for reading in specific literary genres ranging from fiction, poetry, and plays to scientific and philosophical works.

Rameau's Nephew / D'alembert's Dream


Author: Denis Diderot
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141907835
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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One of the key figures of the French Enlightenment, Denis Diderot was a passionate critic of conventional morality, society and religion. Among his greatest and most well-known works, these two dialogues are dazzling examples of his radical scientific and philosophical beliefs. In Rameau's Nephew, the eccentric and foolish nephew of the great composer Jean-Philippe Rameau meets Diderot by chance, and the two embark on a hilarious consideration of society, music, literature, politics, morality and philosophy. Its companion-piece, D'Alembert's Dream, outlines a material, atheistic view of the universe, expressed through the fevered dreams of Diderot's friend D'Alembert. Unpublished during his lifetime, both of these powerfully controversial works show Diderot to be one of the most advanced thinkers of his age, and serve as fascinating testament to the philosopher's wayward genius.

Curl To Win

Expert Advice to Improve Your Game
Author: Russ Howard
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 144343762X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 192
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The ultimate guide to improving your game—from Canada's most celebrated curler Whether you're stepping into the hack for the first time, looking to improve your delivery or trying to better understand strategy, Curl to Win will help you take your game to the next level. Renowned for his ability to blend the mental and physical aspects of curling as well as his innovative and effective strategies, Russ Howard has written a practical handbook that no curler should be without. Russ draws on his more than three decades of experience as a winning player and coach to explain: Basics—start off on the right foot by picking the right equipment and really understanding how to play the game Delivery—improve your accuracy and consistency with gold-medal techniques and tips Sweeping—sweep effectively by avoiding common mistakes Strategy—form a winning game plan through strategies like making the most of the free guard zone Drills—practise like a pro with Russ's own drills for sweeping, delivery and ice reading Tips and tricks—learn how to match rocks, have a winning mindset, yell "Hurry hard!" and much more Fully illustrated with step-by-step photographs and diagrams, Curl to Win will help you get more out of your game.

A History of the American People


Author: Paul Johnson
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061952133
Category: History
Page: 1104
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"The creation of the United States of America is the greatest of all human adventures," begins Paul Johnson's remarkable new American history. "No other national story holds such tremendous lessons, for the American people themselves and for the rest of mankind." Johnson's history is a reinterpretation of American history from the first settlements to the Clinton administration. It covers every aspect of U.S. history--politics; business and economics; art, literature and science; society and customs; complex traditions and religious beliefs. The story is told in terms of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character. Wherever possible, letters, diaries, and recorded conversations are used to ensure a sense of actuality. "The book has new and often trenchant things to say about every aspect and period of America's past," says Johnson, "and I do not seek, as some historians do, to conceal my opinions." Johnson's history presents John Winthrop, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, Cotton Mather, Franklin, Tom Paine, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison from a fresh perspective. It emphasizes the role of religion in American history and how early America was linked to England's history and culture and includes incisive portraits of Andrew Jackson, Chief Justice Marshall, Clay, Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis. Johnson shows how Grover Cleveland and Teddy Roosevelt ushered in the age of big business and industry and how Woodrow Wilson revolutionized the government's role. He offers new views of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover and of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and his role as commander in chief during World War II. An examination of the unforeseen greatness of Harry Truman and reassessments of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and Bush follow. "Compulsively readable," said Foreign Affairs of Johnson's unique narrative skills and sharp profiles of people. This is an in-depth portrait of a great people, from their fragile origins through their struggles for independence and nationhood, their heroic efforts and sacrifices to deal with the `organic sin' of slavery and the preservation of the Union to its explosive economic growth and emergence as a world power and its sole superpower. Johnson discusses such contemporary topics as the politics of racism, education, Vietnam, the power of the press, political correctness, the growth of litigation, and the rising influence of women. He sees Americans as a problem-solving people and the story of America as "essentially one of difficulties being overcome by intelligence and skill, by faith and strength of purpose, by courage and persistence...Looking back on its past, and forward to its future, the auguries are that it will not disappoint humanity." This challenging narrative and interpretation of American history by the author of many distinguished historical works is sometimes controversial and always provocative. Johnson's views of individuals, events, themes, and issues are original, critical, and admiring, for he is, above all, a strong believer in the history and the destiny of the American people.

The Romantic Syndrome

Toward a New Method in Cultural Anthropology and History of Ideas
Author: W.T. Jones
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401019797
Category: Philosophy
Page: 276
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In this age of specialism philosophers, like other specialists, tend to take in each other's washing. Here, perhaps imprudently, I attempt to break out of this pattern. Though I am by profes sion a philosopher, I am addressing primarily, not other philo sophers, but cultural anthropologists, sociologists, historians of ideas, and literary and art critics. Thus, while there are chapters in this book on metaphysics and political theory, I do not ask, "Is the doctrine in question true?" - which is the kind of ques tion a philosopher might be expected to raise. Instead I ask, "What can we learn from this doctrine about the personality structure of the individual who framed it and about the charac teristic drives of the society in which he lived?" My reasons for asking and for trying to answer this kind of question, instead of the usual philosophical question, are as follows: Though the material products of culture' and the overt behavior patterns of societies have long been objects of scientific study, the most characteristic products of high cultures - artistic productions like poems and paintings and' theoretical structures like metaphysical and scientific theory - have not as readily yielded to exact description and analysis. Not, of course, that there is not a very extensive discussion of these matters. But most of it is carried on in terms that are regrettably vague.

The Cabinet of Curiosities

36 Tales Brief & Sinister
Author: Stefan Bachmann,Katherine Catmull,Claire Legrand,Emma Trevayne
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062313150
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 496
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A collection of thirty-six forty eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short stories by the acclaimed authors Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire LeGrand, and Emma Trevayne. The Cabinet of Curiosities is perfect for fans of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and anyone who relishes a good creepy tale. Great for reading alone or reading aloud at camp or school! The book features an introduction and commentary by the authors and black-and-white illustrations throughout.

Selected Writings Of Jean Genet


Author: Jean Genet
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0880014202
Category: Poetry
Page: 480
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Excerpts from the novels, plays, and poems of the French convict, prostitute, and literary artist join notes from his film, The Penal Colony, letters, essays, and a rare interview, all edited by a contemporary biographer.

Harvest

An Adventure into the Heart of America’s Family Farms
Author: Richard Horan
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062090321
Category: Nature
Page: 336
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“Richard Horan has brought us a welcome view of America to defy the prevailing political and financial nastiness. This is a timely and important book.” —Ted Morgan, author of Wilderness at Dawn “A lively visit with the dauntless men and women who operate America’s family farms and help provide our miraculous annual bounty. Richard Horan writes with energy and passion.” —Hannah Nordhaus, author of The Beekeeper’s Lament “Horan’s new book evocatively describes the peril and promise of family farms in America. I loved joining him on this journey, and so will you.” —T.A. Barron, author of The Great Tree of Avalon In Seeds, novelist and nature writer Richard Horan sought out the trees that inspired the work of great American writers like Faulkner, Kerouac, Welty, Wharton, and Harper Lee. In Harvest, Horan embarks upon a serendipitous journey across America to work the harvests of more than a dozen essential or unusual food crops—and, in the process, forms powerful connections with the farmers, the soil, and the seasons.