Synopses & Reviews
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.
Throughout his distinguished career, Jacques Barzun has been known as an essayist who combines a depth of knowledge and a rare facility with words. Now, in one volume, are 80 of his most accomplished essays. The list of subjects covered has an amazing range: history, philosophy, literature, education, music -- and more. Jacques Barzun draws the reader into his enthusiasms with an infectious style and keen insights. A Jacques Barzun Reader is a feast for any reader.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
About the Author
Born in France in 1907, Jacques Barzun came to the United States in 1920. After graduating from Columbia College, he joined the faculty of the university, becoming Seth Low Professor of History and, for a decade, Dean of Faculties and Provost. The author of some thirty books, including the New York Times bestseller From Dawn to Decadence, he received the Gold Medal for Criticism from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, of which he was twice president. He lived in San Antonio, Texas, before passing away at age 104.