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Remembering Jacques Barzun

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Published on Nov 12, 2012

The Last Intellectual

BRILLIANCE AND CLARITY THAT WILL NOT AGAIN PASS THIS WAY SOON

Jacques Barzun came to the United States from France in the 1920's and became one of America's leading intellectuals. His wide range of interests, clarity of prose, and constant thirst for knowledge made him a well-respected figure in academic and public circles. During the 1950's, when public intellectualism thrived and was respected, he was its face and earned the cover of Time Magazine. For fifty years he had a remarkable career at Columbia University, and he wrote his most-heralded work, From Dawn To Decadence when he was 92. In addition, he authored one of the best-known quotes about one of his loves, baseball.

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