Greenburg, Clement (ed. by Janice Van Horne) The Harold Letters, 1928-1943: The Making of an American Intellectual
Washington DC Counterpoint (c.2000) 1-58243-068-3 / 9781582430683 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj
[nice tight clean copy, very minor bumping to bottom edge, NO remainder or other marks; jacket similarly nice, just a trace of handling wear]. (B&W photographs) "Clement Greenberg was, and remains, America's most perceptive, prescient, and influential art critic. More than any of his contemporaries he was alive to the genius of art in his time. Before all that, however, he was a young man burning to become an intellectual, to make what he called 'Important Discoveries' about art and culture and life. His confidant during these years -- and the only friend whose critical ear he trusted -- was Harold Lazarus, a classmate at Syracuse University and a future professor of English at Temple University. From 1928, when both were nineteen, until 1943, when they went their separate ways, the two exchanged honest, funny, and intimate letters. Here, in [this book], is the rare opportunity to join a great tastemaker as he begins to form his own taste, and as he grapples with his own understanding of life and the arts amidst the social, political, and cultural turbulence of the American 1930s. Above all, here is the excitement of youthful friendship, and the pain of being twentysomething with a world yet to win."