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BLOCH ----THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
One of the recently issued publications of the Whitney Museum
of American Art is entitled
Max IVeber
, by Lloyd Goodrich (N.
Y., Macmillan, 1949), and is a biography and appreciation of the
artist’s paintings. The Museum of Modern Art published a study
of
The sculpture of Elie Nadelman
, by Lincoln Kirstein (N. Y.,
1948). In the series devoted to “English Masters of Black-and-
White,” of which several volumes have appeared in this country,
is one which deals with the life and artistic career of a contem-
porary illustrator.
Barnett Freedman
, by Jonathan Mayne (N. Y.,
Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1948), also includes many reproductions
of his works. His famous book jackets have all been reproduced
in color lithography. His fame as a master of black-and-white
rests not only on his book illustrations but also on his contribu-
tions to the development of commercial art now forming so dis-
tinctive a feature of British life. A composite portrait of an
eminent critic who profoundly influenced the work of many of
his contemporaries, written by the novelists, composers, poets
and artists whose work he criticized at various times is furnished
in
Paul Rosenfeld:
voyager in the arts, edited by Jerome Mellquist
and Lucie Wiese (N. Y., Creative Age, 1948). The fifty-odd
contributions to the volume are mostly by people who knew
Rosenfeld; they are American writers, musicians and artists who
testify of their own knowledge, to the role he played in the attempt
to foster an American culture.
Two volumes issued posthumously,
Studies in science and phi-
losophy
(N. Y., Holt, 1949) and
A dreamer s journey
, by Morris
Raphael Cohen (Boston, Beacon, 1949), are autobiographical.
They also unfold the author’s views of the relationship between
science and philosophy and the nature of his own beliefs. In
the later years of his life, Professor Cohen devoted of his time and
thought to the understanding of problems confronting the Jews
in a world of turbulence and confusion.
In
No retreat from reason
, by Dr. Alfred E. Cohn (N.Y., Har-
court, 1948), one meets with skilful portraits of distinguished
medical and other men among whom are Simon Flexner and
with observations of a number of his remarkable contempora-
ries which include Jacques Loeb, Felix Frankfurter and others
whose wisdom has contributed to the enrichment and improve-
ment of the lives of men and had its impact upon the complex
society in which that haunting creature Man plays his timid
and bewildered part.
Benjamin Gitlow who ran twice for Vice President of the
United States on the Communist Party ticket was expelled
from that party in 1929.
I confess
, his autobiography (N.Y.,
1940), is now supplemented with
The whole of their lives
(N.Y.,