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book image Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists
Born Under Saturn
Margot and Rudolf Wittkower
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 Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell
Dime-Store Alchemy
Charles Simic
Simic
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Full of unexpected riches, Dime-Store Alchemy is both an entrancing meditation on the nature of art and a perfect introduction to a major American artist by a peer.

book image Mawrdew Czgowchwz
Mawrdew Czgowchwz
James McCourt
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 Memoirs of Lorenzo Da Ponte
Memoirs
Lorenzo Da Ponte
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 Miserable Miracle
Miserable Miracle
Henri Michaux
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 Opera and the Morbidity of Music
Opera and the Morbidity of Music
Joseph Kerman
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 Renoir, My Father
Renoir, My Father
Jean Renoir
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 Doing It: Five Performing Arts
Doing It: Five Performing Arts
Robert B. Silvers
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.

book image Five Performing Arts
Five Performing Arts
Robert B. Silvers
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.

book image From Heaven to Arcadia: The Sacred and the Profane in the Renaissance
From Heaven to Arcadia
Ingrid D. Rowland
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.

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