Friday, November 10, 2006

Barzun’s Contributions to The American Scholar — with Additions

Compiled by Mark Halpern
Revised April 27, 2006, to include three additional items from John E. Adams
Revised November 9, 2006, with additions & corrections from Jason Rawnsley

(starred items signed “Roger du Béarn”)
Date of Issue Title or Subject
Spring 1940 To the Rescue of Romanticism
Summer 1940 And Jacques Barzun Retorts
Spring 1945 Machiavelli Dead and Gone
Summer 1946 Of Making Books
Autumn 1946 Ça existe: A Note on the New Ism
Summer 1948 Radio in America
Summer 1951 The Retort Circumstantial
      "         " An American Encyclopedia (review)
      "         " A Loyalty Oath for Scholars (signed “Hippocrates Jr.”)
Summer 1952 A Writer Replies
Winter 1954-5 The Scholar’s Scratchpad
Summer 1955 page-long letter (pages 283–4)
Autumn 1956 The New Man in the Arts
Summer 1957 Fowler’s Generation
Winter 1957-8 A Chance to Tinker to Evans
      "         " Brief Comments (review)
Autumn 1958 Suspense Suspended
Spring 1959 A Lincoln Anthology in Brief
Spring 1960 TV in the World of Letters (signed “Anon”)
Autumn 1960 Brief Comments (review)
Spring 1962 In Favor of Capital Punishment
Summer 1962 Speaking of Means and Ends
Autumn 1962 A Briefbag of Felonies (essay-review)
Spring 1963 What is a Dictionary? (The Scholar Cornered)
Spring 1964 College to University — And After
Spring 1965 Meditations on the Literature of Spying
Autumn 1965* Art and Letters: In the Hand or in the Bush?
Autumn 1966* Art and Letters: The Feast of Cybernesia
Summer 1967 Controversy: About Cybernesia
      "         " * Art and Letters: Enigma Variations
      "         " Editorial on Irita Van Doren
Spring 1968 Arts and Letters: Scholarship
Autumn 1968 Five Thousand Orange Pips, or The Seeds of Pedantry (essay-review)
Winter 1969-70 The Book, the Bibliographer and the Absence of Mind
Summer 1970 The Horizontal Life (Controversy)
Autumn 1970 An Uncommon Carrier of Truth (Joseph Wood Krutch)
Spring 1974 Tribute to Hiram Haydn
Spring 1981 Sherlock Holmes and Sociology
Autumn 1981 Le Faux Chic (On Franglais)
Winter 1982-3 William James, Author
Spring 1984 The Aesthetics of the Criminous
Autumn 1984 The Colossus Laid Out
Summer 1985 Behind the Blue Pencil: Censorship or Creeping Creativity?
Winter 1985–86Reply to Julia Glass’ letter re: Behind the Blue Pencil
Autumn 1986 Look It Up! Check It Out!
Spring 1987 Thoreau the Thorough Impressionist
Summer 1989 The Paradoxes of Creativity
Autumn 1990 The Cradle of Modernism
Summer 1992* Clerihews for the Clerisy. Or: A Quick Fix for Cultural Illiteracy
Winter 1993 An Historian Who Writes History
Autumn 1993* Clerihews for the Clerisy II
Summer 1994 Letter on “romanticism” as used by Paul McHugh in the previous issue
Autumn 1994 The Press and the Prose
Summer 1995 The Press and the Prose: An Exchange (w. Benjamin W. Fortson IV)
Spring 1996 Is Music Unspeakable?
Summer 1996* Clerihews for the Clerisy III
Winter 2000 The Artist as Prophet and Jester
Summer 2001 Three Men and a Book
Autumn 2001 reprint (p. 14) of paragraph from Spring ’65 piece on spy literature
Summer 2006 brief letter on English usage and needless neologisms
Item Count = 59