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The New York times guide to the arts of the 20th century.
Bruckner, D. J. R.
Publication Information:
Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, [2002]

Physical Description:
4 volumes (ix, 3343 pages) : illustrations ; 29 cm
Reviews, news articles, interviews and essays capturing 100 years of art, architecture, literature, music, dance, theater, film and television.
General Note:
Contributors, D.J.R. Bruckner ... [et al.].

Includes indexes.
v.1. 1900-1929 -- v.2. 1930-1959 -- v.3. 1960-1979 -- v.4. 1980-1999.
Added Author:
Added Uniform Title:
New York times.
Format :


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NX456 .N49 2002 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
NX456 .N49 2002 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Further titles in the series that compiles articles and images from theNew York Times. RBB.

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This set attempts to chronicle how politics, technology, and social culture shaped the arts of the 20th century. Several researchers extracted hundreds of articles pertaining to art, architecture, literature, music, dance, theater, film, and television from the Times archives for 1900-99. The articles were reviewed by a team of renowned Times cultural contributors who supplemented the selections. The result is a compilation of some 2,500 critical reviews, news stories, essays, interviews, and commentaries ranging from a few paragraphs to several pages. The volumes are divided by decade, each with an introduction that surveys historical events that helped shape the arts during those years. While this set is helpful as a journalistic chronicle of 20th-century arts, it cannot be regarded as a research tool, or as a definitive survey of 20th century arts, or, because it supplements Times articles, as a subject-specific Times index. Best suited for general reference collections. C. A. Groves Ball State University