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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reviews, news articles, interviews and essays capturing 100 years of art, architecture, literature, music, dance, theater, film and television.

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This four-volume guide to the arts reprints 2500 articles from the New York Times, covering art and architecture, literature, music, dance, theater, film, and television. Many are reprinted reviews (particularly in the literature sections), but other articles are opinion pieces, essays, and reporting that show the attitude at a particular time toward a topic or event. The set closely resembles the "20th Century in Review" series (also published by Fitzroy Dearborn), but nothing on the title page indicates that it is part of that series. The text is arranged chronologically by decade and then by the broad topics listed above; each decade opens with an introductory essay about the arts during that time. There is a general index to the set at the end of the fourth volume, followed by a byline index. Unfortunately, finding articles by theme is a dicey proposition; one is completely dependent on the index to bring these news articles together. For example, there is an entry in the index for "Women in the Arts," but none of the entries listed (only eight in total) leads the reader to a reprinted article about the Guerrilla Girls. In addition, since this resource was not conceived as an encyclopedia, there are no cross references in either the index or the text. This guide provides a fascinating glimpse of how the New York Times covered the arts in the previous century and is wonderful to browse, but for serious students and researchers looking for primary documents, it can never take the place of the entire New York Times. Libraries might be tempted to place it in reference because of the cost, but it really belongs in circulating collections, cataloged, one hopes, with the LCSH subdivision "Sources." Given the cost, this is recommended primarily for public and academic libraries where there is an interest in the arts and/or social history and where access to the New York Times is limited or nonexistent. Cynthia A. Johnson, Barnard Coll. Lib., New York Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579582906
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/30/2001
  • Pages: 4000
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 6.60 (d)

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