The Harold Letters, 1928-1965: The Making of an American Intellectual by Clement Greenberg
In The Harold Letters, Janice Van Horne, Clement Greenberg’s widow, has gathered together Greenberg’s letters as a young man to his then friend and confidant, Harold Lazarus. Spanning fifteen years, this collection of letters intimately chronicles the development of Greenberg’s taste and ideas. The Harold Letters is frequently funny and always candid, revealing the young Greenberg’s passion, ambition, and intellectualism that would lead to his future status as the greatest art critic of the twentieth century.
Clement Greenberg was the most influential art critic of the postwar period. He was the author of numerous books, including studies of Joan Miro and Hans Hoffman, and his essays appeared in art magazines as well as such publications as the Partisan Review, Commentary, and The Nation.
Janice Van Horne has been the executor of the Clement Greenberg Estate since his death in 1994. She edited two books assembled from Clement Greenberg’s archive at the Getty Research Library, The Harold Letters and Homemade Esthetics, designated a New York Times Book of the Year. She lives in New York City.