Against the Grain: The New Criterion on Art and Intellect at the End of the Twentieth Century

Against the Grain: The New Criterion on Art and Intellect at the End of the Twentieth Century

by Hilton Kramer
     
 

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An abundant selection of incisive writings from The New Criterion, the magazine that has emerged as the foremost voice of critical dissent in the culture wars. “No one who reads this volume can be in any doubt what the cultural war in the U.S. is all about, or who ought to win it.” —Paul Johnson, Wall Street Journal.See more details below

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An abundant selection of incisive writings from The New Criterion, the magazine that has emerged as the foremost voice of critical dissent in the culture wars. “No one who reads this volume can be in any doubt what the cultural war in the U.S. is all about, or who ought to win it.” —Paul Johnson, Wall Street Journal.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
This is an immensely literate collection...full of controversy and opinion. It is sure to provoke, instruct, amuse and raise hackles.
— Andrea Barnet
The Wall Street Journal - Paul Johnson
Upholds the highest civilized standards in our culture...no one who reads this volume can be in any doubt what the cultural war in the U.S. is all about, or who ought to win.
The New York Times - Andrea Barnet
This is an immensely literate collection...full of controversy and opinion. It is sure to provoke, instruct, amuse and raise hackles.
Virginia Quarterly Review
These insightful essays are perhaps the best examples of how discussing a timely subject can open up timeless vistas on a perennial problem.
Wall Street Journal
Upholds the highest civilized standards in our culture...no one who reads this volume can be in any doubt what the cultural war in the U.S. is all about, or who ought to win.
— Johnson, Paul
Paul Johnson
Upholds the highest civilized standards in our culture...no one who reads this volume can be in any doubt what the cultural war in the U.S. is all about, or who ought to win. Wall Street Journal
Library Journal
This second collection of essays (1989-94), culled from the pages of the New Criterion (after The New Criterion Reader: The First Five Years, Free Pr., 1987), covers a wide range of topics touching on contemporary culture, specifically, higher education and the arts. A number of the selections seem nothing more than acerbic darts against the cultural (read "leftist") establishment. Many of the noted contributors, however (including Brad Leithauser, Joseph Epstein, Martin Greenberg, David Frum, and Hilton Kramer), use their forum for fair and justified critiques of the cultural hegemony perpetrated upon the arts and the academy in recent years. Offering an intellectually stimulating counterpoint to the politically charged rhetoric often found in the cultural wars, these essays, which envision a return to the conservatism of Thomas Carlyle in matters of art and education, emphasize aesthetics and continuity rather than transient political necessity. Highly recommended for public and academic collections, particularly those that do not subscribe to the New Criterion.Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Institution Libs., Washington, D.C.
The Wall Street Journal
Upholds the highest civilized standards in our culture...no one who reads this volume can be in any doubt what the cultural war in the U.S. is all about, or who ought to win.
— Paul Johnson, Bowling Green State University
The New York Times
This is an immensely literate collection...full of controversy and opinion. It is sure to provoke, instruct, amuse and raise hackles.
— Andrea Barnet

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566630702
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Pages:
477
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.19(d)

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