I read ¨The House of Intellect,¨ paperback copy of the original published in 1959 by Harper Brothers, New York. Cultural criticism, dense and opinionated.
This book might accurately be titled "Jacques Barzun Free-Associates on the History, Art, and Literature of Western Civilization."
Those well-versed in the Western Canon may well find M. Barzun's approach delightful and informative. The beginner, lacking a range and depth of exposure to the subject matter, is unlikely to benefit from detailed and somewhat random observations on this or that aspect of poetry, music, architecture, etc. This book may indeed be a virtuoso performance of cultured observations by a deeply learned man, but for that reason it is not accessible or useful for thos not similarly equipped.
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