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A Mania for Magnificence

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A Mania for Magnificence is Louis Kronenberger, critic, essayist, and literary raconteur, at his best: twenty-one richly enjoyable essays in which he writes of the vast, brilliant, worldly aspects of American and European culture—the "mania for magnificence".

In a style that is both cutting and urbane, he explores such aspects of American culture as fashions in vulgarity, a
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published 1972 by Little, Brown & Company (Canada) Ltd.

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Nov 28, 2011 Sketchbook rated it really liked it
Louis the K is damn brilliant, though his unto-him
stylized writing can grate when pushed. Essays on
art & cultch:

"Humor includes an element of self-criticism, whereas
wit tends to claim imperfection." ~~ "In every age
the fashionable painter has been made a pet of the rich.
Like any interior decorator, he must minister to their
pride of ownership and display." ~~ Adding, buyers become
stockholders in Pollock/De Kooning as they might be in
GE or GM ~~ "The compelling fact about art in America is
Shanna marked it as to-read
Dec 14, 2014
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