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Friday, October 26, 2012

Jacques Barzun Dies at 104; Cultural Critic Saw the Sun Setting on the West

Edward Rothstein reports at The New York Times.
"He published his most ambitious and encyclopedic book at the age of 92 (and credited his productivity in part to chronic insomnia). That work, From Dawn to Decadence, is an 877-page survey of 500 years of Western culture in which he argued that Western civilization itself had entered a period of decline."
The Bibliography of Additional Readings in Great Books of the Western World (2nd Ed. 1990) includes Barzun's Clio and the doctors : psycho-history, quanto-history, & history (1974). The Bibliography of Additional Readings in Great Books of the Western World (1st Ed. 1952) includes his Teacher in America (1945).

Update: Jacques Barzun, 1907–2012, by Brian P. Kelly, Arma Virumque, and The Achievement of Jacques Barzun, by Gerald J. Russello, On the Square (via Arts & Letters Daily)

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