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Friday, 30 November 2007
Jacques Barzun Is 100 Years Old Today
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Happy Birthday Professor Barzun!

The ultimate Barzun site is here.

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Posted on 11/30/2007 10:10 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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30 Nov 2007
Hugh Fitzgerald

A stamp, a coin, a presidential decree.

Yes, he'd be utterly indifferent to them all. But I wouldn't be, nor would you. I'd like to?envelope my letters with a tutelary?touch of Barzun in its franking, and would willingly kiss the lips of that unacquainted change, and find it fitting that American schoolchildren should listen in the serried ranks of their classroom desks to that presidential decree read out by the teacher, so that as they grow up some o them will?find that name recallable, and will indeed recall it, and then in some cases be prompted to read the books by, and?learn to appreciate, and to heed,?that clear-headed and eloquent?teacher and scholar, that phenomenon, Jacques Barzun. ?