The creators

by Daniel J. Boorstin

Hardcover, 1992




New York : Random House, 1992.


Chronicles the history of the arts and includes biographies of important figures ranging from Homer to Stravinsky incorporated into a mosaic of creativity that spans three thousand years.

User reviews

LibraryThing member SaraPrindiville
Very long book. I liked it though. I think there was too much about books and not enough about painting and other visual arts. Made me more interested in classical life. Also I liked the parts about architecture. I learned that creative people don't every make much money or get recognized in their lifetimes. Very disheartening!
LibraryThing member JNSelko
A remarkably readable and informative on the history of music and art.
LibraryThing member saturnloft
A very ambitious yet fascinating exploration of art history. Boorstin doesn't stop at the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, etc); he also covers literature, music, and dance. Although I wished for illustrations in a few places where specific artworks were discussed, the sheer deluge of wonderfully meticulous story-telling made up for it.… (more)
LibraryThing member Mirkwood
Ok, so far, what I have learned from reading this book is make certain you get the illustrated version. Otherwise you will do what I did and run down your phone battery googling everything.
I can't believe my library has an edition without illustrations.
It is a book about great art for heaven's sake!!… (more)
LibraryThing member AliceAnna
Much drier than his Discoverers for the most part. You can't do a book like this without illustrations. It needed full color photographs, CDs of music and readings of great works. It was a class without the teacher, students and illustrations necessary to bring it to life.



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