"But, unaccountably, he has little to say here that's provocative, unorthodox, witty, epigrammatic, or illuminating—in short, there's little of the creative touch he aims to honor. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for November)"
From the Pulitzer-winning former Librarian of Congress—a readable but often pallid counterpart to The Discoverers (1983), examining ``how creators in all the arts have enlarged, embellished, fantasized, and filigreed our experience.'' Here, as in The Discoverers, Boorstin (Hidden History, 1987, etc.) paints a triumphal history that celebrates the march of human progress—from the Judeo-Christian tradition of a creator-God to the modernist exploration of the self in Proust, Kafka, and Virginia Woolf.
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