gentle rereader

. . . rediscovering Jacques Barzun

Part IV: Contributions by JB

Part IV:  Contributions by Jacques Barzun to the works of others

Currently under construction – last additions 8 April 2012.  When completed, each of the titles listed will be linked to another page which will provide more details for that item.

The works in Parts I–V are generally books.  Many have their own indexes.  It is unlikely that I will expend much time tagging these items.  Because Barzun’s books are more readily available, my first efforts will go into the essays, articles, and speeches of Parts VI A (Education), VI B (History & Biography), and VI C (Cultural Criticism).

The items below are in reverse chronological order.  Barzun’s more recent works appear at the top of the list.  There are around 250 items in this section of the bibliographic database.

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This cut-and-paste listing includes few page numbers, which I recognize can help readers decide whether to seek out a particular Barzun piece.  I’ll be sure to add those when I reread the articles and link a new webpage for each item, e.g., the entry for American Panorama (1957) below.  

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“The Scholar-Critic”, Contemporary Literary Scholarship: A Critical Review, Lewis Leary, ed., New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1958.

“Our Nation of Highbrows”, Great English and American Essays, Douglass S. Mead, ed., Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1957.

“How to Suffocate the English Language”, The Saturday Review Treasury, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957, pages 235–238.

Short critical introductions to books recommended in American Panorama, Eric Larrabee, ed., New York: New York University Press, 1957, pages 8, 9, 16, 28, 30, 36, 63 64, 76, 78, 105, 111–112, 152, 153–154, 164, 175, 176–177, 185, 188, 197, 201, 213, 226, 231, 262, 265, 275, 278, 297–298, 302, 320, 330, 343, 374.  Kessinger Publishing Company [reprint], 2010.

“The Oddest Profession in the World” for conference address, retitled as “Conserving for Teaching the Talent We Do Get – New and Old” in Expanding Resources for College Teaching, Charles G. Dobbins, ed., Washington, D.C.: American Council on Education, 1957.

“The Eye on the Needle”, The Pursuit of Learning, Nathan Comfort Starr, ed., New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1956.  [Chapter 7 in God’s Country and Mine]

“Cultural History: A Synthesis”, The Varieties of History, Fritz Stern, ed., Cleveland, Ohio: World Publishing Company, Meridian Books (M37), 1956.  London:  Macmillan, 1970.  Cleveland, Ohio: World Publishing Company, 1972.  New York: Meridian Books (M333), 1972.  New York: Random House Vintage Books (V-962), 1973.

“Hector Berlioz – The Vocal Style”, Music and Recordings, 1955, Frederic V. Grunfeld, ed., New York: Oxford University Press, 1955.

Three passages from God’s Country and Mine: the opening scene, on baseball, and ideology vs. genuine ideas;  a passage from Teacher in America; and another from “The Educated Man” in Life magazine; in The American Treasury, 1455-1955.  Clifton Fadiman, ed., New York: Harper & Brothers, 1955.

“The Ivory Lab”, Essays (revised edition), Leonard F. Dean, ed., New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955.  [Chapter 7 from Teacher in America]

“The Retort Circumstantial”, The College Omnibus, 8th edition, Leonard F. Dean, ed., New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1951;  Essays (revised edition), Leonard F. Dean, ed., New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955;  Modern English Readings (7th edition), Roger Sherman Lewis, et al., eds.,  New York: Rinehart & Company, 1956; The American Scholar Reader, Hiram Haydn and Betsy Saunders, eds., New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1960; A Linguistics Reader, Graham Wilson, ed.  New York: Harper & Row, 1967.  [Also published in various periodicals.]

“Cultural Nationalism and the Makings of Fame”, Nationalism and Internationalism: Essays Inscribed to Carlton J. H. Hayes, Edward Mead Earle, ed.,  New York: Columbia University Press, 1950.

“Calamaphobia, or Hints Toward a Writer’s Discipline”, The Writer’s Book, Helen Hull, ed. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1950.  New York: Barnes & Noble, 1956.

“The Human Boy”, Unseen Harvest: A Treasury of Teaching, Claude M. Fuess and Emory S. Basford, editors.  New York: Macmillan, 1947.  [Chapter 16 of Teacher in America]

“Myths for Materialists”, American Thought 1947, New York: Gresham Press, 1947.

“The Idea of a Career”,  A Man’s Reach: Some Choices Facing Youth Today, T. H. Johnson, ed.  New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1947.

“Transition or Creation? An Essay on Modern Esthetics” in Orpheus XXXIV, Choric Education: A Record of Labors and Achievements, 1920–1945.  New Rochelle, New York:  French Forum Publications, 1945.  [Originally published in three parts for the February, April and June 1927 issues of The Columbia Varsity, a student publication for which Jacques Barzun was editor-in-chief during his senior year.]

“Henry James, Melodramatist” in The Question of Henry James: A Collection of Critical Essays, F. W. Dupee, ed.  New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1945.  London: A. Wingate, 1947.

“History, Popular and Unpopular” in The Interpretation of History, Joseph R. Strayer, ed.  Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1943.  New York:  Peter Smith, 1950.

“Evolution, Religion and Materialistic Science” in Contemporary Civilization Manual and Sourcebook.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 1943.

“The Nature of Race Thinking” in When Peoples Meet: A Study in Race and Culture Contacts, Alain Locke and Bernhard J. Stern, eds.  New York: Progressive Education Association, 1942.  Revised editions, New York: Hinds, Hayden & Eldredge, 1946, 1949.  [Excerpted from Race, 1937, pages 3–25, inter alia.]

“The Romantic Period” in Contemporary Civilization Manual and Sourcebook.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1942.

Conversations in The New Invitation to Learning, Mark Van Doren, ed.  New York: Random House, 1942.  &  New York: New Home Library, 1944.

“Race-Prejudice” in America Now, Harold E. Stearns, ed.  New York: Literary Guild of America, 1938.  London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1938.

“Education in France: Its Theory, Practice, and Worth” (with Robert Valeur), Redirecting Education, eds. R. G. Tugwell and L. H. Keyserling.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1935.  Volume II.  [There is a fuller version in Columbia University Quarterly, December 1932, as “The French Lycée:  Its Roots and Its Fruits”]

“Music in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries” in An Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West.  New York: Columbia University Press, 9th ed.,Vols. I and II, 1933–34; 10th ed., Vol. I, 1935; Vol. II, 1936.

“The Plastic Arts:  Nineteenth Century and Modern” in An Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West.  New York: Columbia University Press, 9th ed.,Vols. I and II, 1933–34; 10th ed., Vol. I, 1935; Vol. II, 1936.

“A Rationale for Modern Culture”  in An Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West.  New York: Columbia University Press, 9th ed.,Vols. I and II, 1933–34; 10th ed., Vol. I, 1935; Vol. II, 1936.

“The Meaning of Romantic” in An Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West.  New York: Columbia University Press, 9th ed.,Vols. I and II, 1933–34; 10th ed., Vol. I, 1935; Vol. II, 1936.

“The Period and Character of the Renaissance” in An Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 9th ed.,Vols. I and II, 1933–34; 10th ed., Vol. I, 1935; Vol. II, 1936.

2 thoughts on “Part IV: Contributions by JB

  1. John,
    A San Antonio Symphony musician asked me if Jacques Barzun had written anything about his time living in San Antonio. I said I couldn’t think of anything, but I’d ask someone who might know. That would be you.

    You might find this recollection amusing: In 1997, when I was senior critic for the San Antonio Express-News, I received a letter with one of those adhesive return-address stickers in the corner. The name on the sticker was Jacques Barzun. My immediate thought was, “Oh, how strange. There’s someone in San Antonio with the same name as Jacques Barzun.” He had been a major presence in my intellectual life since I read “Darwin, Marx, Wagner” as a senior in high school, but I wasn’t aware that he had recently moved to San Antonio. His short letter initiated a productive, challenging, and enjoyable (well, for me, anyway) friendship. Jacques consented to several interviews, and twice he participated in colloquies I organized and transcribed for the newspaper. He was among the most gracious, generous, and charming men I’ve known.

    Best wishes,

    Mike Greenberg

    • Thank you, Mike, for giving me a reason to go back through JB correspondence. Every note and letter fits with your description of that great man. There was a little comedy in my attempts to learn more about his life, work and pseudonyms while he wanted to know about my life in Alaska.

      By 2003 I had made enough progress on the Barzun bibliographic database that I wanted to take steps to ensure its survival in case I flipped my kayak and didn’t manage to get upright. I offered the file and rights to the Barzuns for safekeeping. JB joked that they might perish together in their car, “in this state where drivers act like rodeo stars.” Never missing the larger point, he put me in touch with his agent, biographer and the Director of Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

      Now, about those colloquies printed in the San Antonio Express-News …

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