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New York: Cultural Capital of the World, 1940-1965

New York: Cultural Capital of the World, 1940-1965

by Dore Ashton, Alexander Bloom, John Rockwell, Leonard Wallock (Editor), Rizzoli

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A skillful appraisal of a period of unparalleled creativity that marked New York City as the cultural center of the world. Housing developments and urban fiction, jazz and modern dance, political protest and mixed media productions--all are subjects for study by an impressive group of experts. They show how the city, accommodating a ``ceaseless flow of talent'' in an aura of unlimited possibilities, provided both the raw materials and the intellectual ferment needed for new ways of thinking and of expressing images and ideas. There is a nostalgic look to the work, with extensively annotated illustrations of the familiar and slightly historic--images of expectation and enthusiasm in a city in which everything was happening and everything was new. An important record of a singular time.-- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum Lib., New York
Attractively produced book traces an era of unprecedented creativity and achievement in literature, the visual arts, architecture, music, dance, theater, and social and political thought in a series of illustrated essays by respected scholars, critics and commentators. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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