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book image Opera and the Morbidity of Music
Opera and the Morbidity of Music
Joseph Kerman
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Joseph Kerman examines the ongoing vitality of the classical music tradition, and argues that the recent upsurge of interest in opera is proof of an extremely invigorating and healthy art form.

book image Mawrdew Czgowchwz
Mawrdew Czgowchwz
James McCourt
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James McCourt's entrancing send-up of the world of opera has been a cult classic for more than a quarter-century. This comic tribute to the love of art is a triumph of art and love by a contemporary American master.
Contributors: Wayne Koestenbaum

book image Miserable Miracle
Miserable Miracle
Henri Michaux
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In Miserable Miracle, the great French poet and artist Henri Michaux, a confirmed teetotaler, tells of his life-transforming first encounters with a powerful hallucinogenic drug.
Contributors: Octavio Paz , Louise Varèse

book image Memoirs of Lorenzo Da Ponte
Lorenzo Da Ponte
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"I shall speak of things . . . so singular in their oddity as in some manner to instruct, or at least entertain, without wearying." —Lorenzo da Ponte
Contributors: Elisabeth Abbott

book image Renoir, My Father
Renoir, My Father
Jean Renoir
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In this delightful memoir, Jean Renoir, the director of such masterpieces of the cinema as Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, tells the life story of his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the great Impressionist painter.
Contributors: Robert L. Herbert , Randolph and Dorothy Weaver

book image Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists
Born Under Saturn
Margot and Rudolf Wittkower
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A rare art history classic that The New York Times calls a "delightful, scholarly and gossipy romp through the character and conduct of artists from antiquity to the French Revolution."
Contributors: Joseph Connors

book image The Unknown Masterpiece
Unknown Masterpiece
Honoré de Balzac
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The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as various as Cézanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton's words, a "fable of modern art."
Contributors: Arthur C. Danto , Richard Howard

book image Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II
Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II
Martin Filler
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There is no better guide through the exciting and bewildering world of modern architecture than Martin Filler: he is learned, opinionated, and witty. Here he addresses such venerable figures as Buckminster Fuller and Edward Durell Stone as well as recent projects in Beijing, Athens, and at Ground Zero. “Filler’s razor-sharp mind and sharper tongue set him apart. We gobble up what he thinks, as well as how he serves it up.” —*Architectural Record*

book image From Heaven to Arcadia: The Sacred and the Profane in the Renaissance
From Heaven to Arcadia
Ingrid D. Rowland
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In these essays, most of them originally published in The New York Review of Books, Ingrid Rowland explores topics in the art and culture of Renaissance Italy.

book image Doing It: Five Performing Arts
Doing It: Five Performing Arts
Robert B. Silvers
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In these essays, five of our most accomplished artists and critics explore questions of technique and interpretation in the performing arts.

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