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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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

Jacques Barzun

Portrait of a Mind
Author: Michael Murray
Publisher: Frederic C Beil
ISBN: 9781929490417
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 319
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Michael Murray's "Jacques Barzun" is the story of the career and ideas of one of the twentieth century's leading intellectuals. Jacques Barzun was the author of some thirty books of biography, history, and cultural criticism, among them the best-sellers "The House of Intellect," an indictment of governmental and foundation interference with the autonomy of scholars and universities, and "From Dawn to Decadence," an argument that the West was falling into decay and incapacity. Barzun was the author of a definitive life and times---"Berlioz and the Romantic Century"---which helped to restore a maligned composer to his place in the front rank, and to reassess a creative period then widely considered corrupt. And he composed a definitive biography (though not in the usual sense of the word) in his affectionate reminiscence of his intellectual mentor---"A Stroll with William James." Barzun's influence was great but subtle, perhaps because of the range of his interests. For example, in the 1930s he was in print deploring the superstition of race; and books followed that cast light on Marxism, on the putative gulf between science and the humanities, on teaching and learning in schools and colleges, and on the social importance of the life of the mind. "Science: The Glorious Entertainment" was one such book, as were "Teacher in America" and "Darwin, Marx, Wagner: Critique of a Heritage." His scope also suggests why Barzun as thinker is impossible to tag. Certainly he opposed the breakup into contending factions of his own field, historiography, and he decried the loss of collegiality among scholars in all disciplines. Specialization that sank into specialism ran counter to all that he stood for. Michael Murray describes Barzun's childhood in France, university training in the United States, work at Columbia University and as literary adviser at Charles Scribner's Sons, and, insofar as pertinent to his thought, his marriage into the Boston Lowells and his relation with the New York intellectuals.

Teacher in America


Author: Jacques Barzun
Publisher: University Press of Amer
ISBN: 9780819154477
Category: Education
Page: 321
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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.

Fighting for Life

Contest, Sexuality, and Consciousness
Author: Walter J. Ong
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801466288
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 240
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"Fighting for Life is a book about contest, the agonia of the Greek arena, and its roots in male life, especially academia. Ong describes this work as an 'excavation' which was prompted by his previous explorations of such areas as the characteristics of oral and literate cultures, Peter Ramus and his 16th-century intellectual milieu, and the early dominance and more recent decline of classical rhetoric in education. In Fighting for Life, he weaves the results of a year's study of agonistic structures running through the biological, social, and noetic worlds. Describing his text as an 'essay in noobiology,' the biological roots of human consciousness, Ong claims that 'contest has been a major factor in organic evolution and it turns out to have been a major, and seemingly essential, factor in intellectual development.' . . . The work is a valuable synthesis of a wide body of research and theory."-Rhetoric Society Quarterly

Continental Divide


Author: Peter Eli Gordon
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674047136
Category: History
Page: 426
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Without recourse to mythology or hyperbole, Gordon demonstrates that the historical and philosophical ramifications of Davos '29 are even more profound than previously understood. The publication of Continental Divide signals a major event in the fields of modern history and Continental philosophy.---John P. McCormick, University of Chicago --

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 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


Author: Mortimer J. Adler,Charles Van Doren
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439144831
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 426
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With half a million copies in print, How to Read a Book is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader, completely rewritten and updated with new material. Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a living classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them—from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. Readers will learn when and how to “judge a book by its cover,” and also how to X-ray it, read critically, and extract the author’s message from the text. Also included is instruction in the different techniques that work best for reading particular genres, such as practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science works. Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests you can use measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.

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.

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 Modern Mind

An Intellectual History of the 20th Century
Author: Peter Watson
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062039121
Category: Science
Page: 864
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From Freud to Babbitt, from Animal Farm to Sartre to the Great Society, from the Theory of Relativity to counterculture to Kosovo, The Modern Mind is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists, and philosophers who produced the ideas by which we live. Peter Watson has produced a fluent and engaging narrative of the intellectual tradition of the twentieth century, and the men and women who created it.

Exploring "The World's Religions"

A Reading and Writing Workbook
Author: Irving A. Sparks
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006250827X
Category: Religion
Page: 64
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The perfect companion to Huston Smith's The World's Religions -- a classroom-tested workbook for the understanding of humankind's wisdom traditions.

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

1599
Author: James Shapiro
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061840904
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
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1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathered an Armada threat from Spain, gambled on a fledgling East India Company, and waited to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen. James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare’s staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599, bringing together the news and the intrigue of the times with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright. The result is an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.

The Carpenter's Lady


Author: Barbara Delinsky
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061842139
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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A classic novel from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, The Carpenter’s Lady is the poignant and romantic story of two people seeking to rebuild their lives. After a painful divorce, a successful writer leaves New York for New Hampshire, where she hopes to mend her broken heart. But when she meets a compellingly enigmatic carpenter, a new love begins . . .