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Classic, Romantic, and Modern
"Although Romanticism has become respectable again and most attacks now deal legitimately with its substance and not a phantom, no systematic review of the case has been conducted by opinion at large": so writes Jacques Barzun in his preface to this volume, and it is with such a review that CLASSIC, ROMANTIC, AND MODERN is concerned. Taking the view that the difference bet ...more
Paperback, second revised edition, 255 pages
Published 1961 by Doubleday Anchor
(first published 1943)
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Begins with a wonderful exploration on the difficulty of accurately attributing a set of all encompassing traits to a decades long artistic movement with multiple unique points of view, while acknowledging the understandable desire to categorize. A strong and readable defense of romanticism follows, but then the focus wanders and argues small points that may have carried more weight many years ago but is now moot.
I love Barzun. My sister introduced me to his The Dawn of Decadence on a summer vacation and I have been hooked since. That book became the textbook for my 11th grade Omnibus class. This book was originally written in 1948. He added a new forward and chapter in 1960. As a cultural historian he understands the philosophy of an age. He helped me understand what is meant by romanticism and its influence on modern times. He also noted trends which proven right on. While this book will not be for eve ...more