Timelines of the Arts and Literature

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A fascinating, informative and entertaining book about the cultural aspects of human history, Timelines of the Arts & Literature is a unique chronology covering tens of thousands of notable people and their achievements. From the Magdalenian cave paintings of the dawn of recorded history to Bogart, The Beatles and Brubeck in our own time, the book provides information on literature - novels, shorter fiction, poetry, essays, biography and belles lettres; visual arts - architecture, painting, sculpture, photography and a wide range of visual forms; film and broadcasting - movies, radio and television; theater and variety - drama, musical theater, mime, vaudeville, circus and more; music and dance - popular and classical music, opera, ballet and modern dance.
Complete with a comprehensive index, Timelines of the Arts & Literature is not only an invaluable source of information but also a book that will provide you with hours of fascinating browsing.

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A unique chronology of culture in human history--from the Magdalenian cave paintings to Madonna.

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This chronology includes areas such as painting, fiction, classical and popular music, film, theater, television, sculpture, belles lettres, photography, dance, and architecture. It ranges from prehistory (100,000-5000 B.C.) through 1992. From 1500 A.D. on, information is presented year by year. Coverage is international, with good coverage of Asia and the Middle East.

The basic arrangement of the entries is by date under six main categories: "Literature," "Visual Arts," "Theater and Variety," "Music and Dance," "Film and Broadcasting" (in later years), and "World Events." Entries are concentrated in literature, with approximately equal space provided for the other categories. There are approximately 20,000 entries, running to 50 words at most, with most entries only a brief phrase. For example, entries for Alessandro Manzoni are found on three pages: the first notes the publication of a book of poems; the second the publication of his most significant novel, I Promessi Sposi, and the third his death.

A 56-page index helps in locating an entry when the searcher does not know the date. The index is by personal name only; subjects or minor disciplines in the arts do not appear.

Because it focuses only on arts and literature in an international context, Timelines is unique in its field. Unfortunately, the lack of a subject index limits the locating of events or places. Wonderful for browsing, this source will find users in both the reference and circulating collections. Recommended for libraries wanting a chronology specifically on the arts.

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