Creators A History of Heroes of the Imagination

ISBN-10: 0679743758

ISBN-13: 9780679743750

Edition: 1992 (Reprint)

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By piecing the lives of selected individuals into a grand mosaic, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel J. Boorstin explores the development of artistic innovation over 3,000 years. A hugely ambitious chronicle of the arts that Boorstin delivers with the scope that made his Discoverers a national bestseller. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/28/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 832
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

A prolific writer, Daniel Boorstin is the author of numerous scholarly and popular works in American Studies. Born in Georgia and raised in Oklahoma, Boorstin received degrees from Harvard and Yale universities and was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford. A member of the Massachusetts Bar, he has been visiting professor of American History at the Universities of Rome, Puerto Rico, Kyoto, and Geneva. He was the first incumbent of the chair of American History at the Sorbonne and Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge. He taught at the University of Chicago for 25 years. In 1959 Columbia University awarded him its Bancroft Prize for The Americans: The Colonial Experience (1958), the first volume of his trilogy titled The Americans. In 1966 he received the Francis Parkman Award for the second volume, The Americans: The National Experience (1965), and in 1974 he received the Pulitzer Prize for the third volume, The Americans: The Democratic Experience (1973). Many of Boorstin's books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and various European languages. In 1969 Boorstin became director of the National Museum of History and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1973 he became senior historian at the Smithsonian. Boorstin was appointed Librarian of Congress in 1975 and served in that position with distinction for 12 years, becoming Librarian Emeritus in 1987.

A Personal Note to the Reader
The Riddle of Creation: A Prologue
Worlds Without Beginning
The Dazzled vision of the Hindus
The Indifference of Confucius
The Silence of the Buddha
The Homeric Scriptures of the Greeks
A Creator-God
The Intimate God of Moses
The Birth of Theology
The Innovative God of Saint Augustine
The Uncreated Koran
Book One: Creator Man
The Power of Stone
The Mystery of Megaliths
Castles of Eternity
Temples of Commnunity
Orders for Survival
Artificial Stone: A Roman Revolution
Dome of the World
The Great Church
A Road Not Taken: The Japanese Triumph of Wood
The Magic of Images
The Awe of Images
Human Hieroglyphs
The Athletic Ideal
For Family, Empire - and History
The Healing Image
"Satan's Handiwork"
The Immortal Word
Dionysus the Twice-Born
The Birth of the Spectator: From Ritual to Drama
The Mirror of Comedy
The Arts of Prose and Persuasion
Book Two: Re-Creating the World
Otherworldly Elements
The Consoling Past
The Music of the Word
An Architecture of Light
Adventures in Death
The Human Comedy: A Composite Work
Escaping the Plague
Joys of Pilgrimage
"In the Land of Booze and Bibbers"
Adventures in Madness
The Spectator Reborn
The Freedom to Choose
Sagas of Ancient Empire
New-World Epics
A Mosaic of Novels
In Love with the Public
From Craftsman to Artist
Archetypes Brought to Life
Roman Afterlives
The Mysteries of Light: From a Walk to a Window
Sovereign of the Visible World
"Divine Michelangelo"
The Painted Word: The Inward Path of Tao
Composing for the Community
A Protestant Music
The Music of Instruments: From Court to Concert
New Worlds for the Orchestra
The Music of Risorgimento
A Germanic Union of the Arts
The Ephemeral Art of the Dance
The Music of Innovation
Conjuring With Time and Space
The Painted Moment
The Power of Light: "The Pencil of Nature"
The Rise of the Skyscraper
Book Three: Creating the Self
The Vanguard Word
Inventing the Essay
The Art of Being Truthful: Confessions
The Arts of Seeming Truthful: Autobiography
Intimate Biography
The Heroic Self
Songs of the Self
In a Dry Season
The Wilderness Within
An American at Sea
Sagas of the Russian Soul
Journey to the Interior
The Garden of Involuntary Memory
The Filigreed Self
"I Too Am Here!"
Vistas from a Restless Self
Epilogue: Mysteries of a Public Art
Some Reference Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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