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Civilisation by Kenneth Clark
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really liked it
bookshelves: art
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Read in July, 1970 , read count: 1

Kenneth Clark was an historian of art who wrote and narrated the first color BBC documentary, Civilisation, and produced a lavishly illustrated book along the same lines. The film was shown at Grinnell College during my freshman year. Thereafter I picked up the book.

Both book and documentary are not so much histories of art as they are histories of (primarily western) civilization earmarked to great and illustrative works of art.

Grinnell College is not the place to go if one enjoys the spendors of nature. It is surrounded by corn, alfalfa and soy fields. Grinnell is not the place to go it one enjoys the night life and distractions of cities. The town itself is small with virtually no night life. Grinnell is a good place to study because there is little else to do there. Our work, however, was punctuated every weekend by films presented in the Alumni Recitation Hall, films of generally of high quality, films like Clark's Civilisation.
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