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Author photo. "With Light from a New Dawn", painting by Eric Robert Morse, 2005, depicting Jacques Barzun in profile at around the age of 40

"With Light from a New Dawn", painting by Eric Robert Morse, 2005, depicting Jacques Barzun in profile at around the age of 40

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Jacques Barzun was born in Créteil, France on November 30, 1907. He came to the United States in 1920 and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1927. Following graduation, he joined Columbia's faculty as an instructor while continuing his studies in graduate school there, receiving a master's degree in 1928 and a doctorate in French history in 1932. He became a full professor in 1945, was dean of graduate faculties from 1955 to 1958, and dean of faculties from 1958 to 1967. He retired from Columbia University in 1975. He was a historian and cultural critic. The core of his work was the importance of studying history to understand the present and a fundamental respect for intellect. Although he wrote on subjects as diverse as detective fiction and baseball, he was especially known for his many books on music, nineteenth-century romanticism and education. His works include Darwin, Marx and Wagner: Critique of a Heritage; Romanticism and the Modern Ego; The House of Intellect; Race: A Study in Superstition; Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers; A Stroll with William James; The Culture We Deserve; and From Dawn to Decadence. He died on October 25, 2012 at the age of 104. (Bowker Author Biography)
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From Dawn to Decadence 3,446 copies, 36 reviews
Modern American Usage: A Guide (Editor) 441 copies, 1 review
Simple & Direct 432 copies, 5 reviews
Teacher in America 219 copies, 2 reviews
The Modern Researcher [5th ed.] 189 copies, 3 reviews
Classic, Romantic, and Modern 163 copies, 1 review
A Stroll with William James 151 copies, 1 review
The Use and Abuse of Art 133 copies, 2 reviews
A catalogue of crime 119 copies, 4 reviews
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Introduction, some editions) 8,461 copies, 279 reviews
The Varieties of Religious Experience (Foreword, some editions) 4,733 copies, 32 reviews
Bouvard and Pécuchet (Translator, some editions) 1,580 copies, 18 reviews
Dictionary of Received Ideas (Translation, introduction, and notes, some editions; Translator) 480 copies, 4 reviews
Baseball: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 304 copies, 4 reviews
The Historian as Detective: Essays on Evidence (Contributor) 253 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Essays 2002 (Contributor) 210 copies, 1 review
Rameau's Nephew, and Other Works (Translator, some editions) 199 copies
The Best American Essays 1990 (Contributor) 113 copies
Evenings with the Orchestra (Translator, some editions) 91 copies, 2 reviews
Les Nuits de Paris (Introduction, some editions) 84 copies
Meta-Politics: The Roots of the Nazi Mind (Contributor, some editions) 54 copies
Great Baseball Stories (Contributor) 38 copies
Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition (Contributor) 34 copies, 1 review
The Academic Marketplace (Foreword, some editions) 29 copies
A linguistics reader (Contributor) 20 copies
The Clerihews of Paul Horgan (Introduction) 15 copies
Phaedra and Figaro: Racine's Phèdre (Translator, some editions; Translator, some editions; Translator, some editions) 12 copies, 1 review
The Later Ego 4 copies

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