Craft, Robert. PRESENT PERSPECTIVES: CRITICAL WRITINGS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 433 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of essays. One of the most important essay collections on music, literature, and the performing arts of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Robert Craft's "Present Perspectives: Critical Writings". A magisterial collection. Previously published in various publications (mainly The New York Review of Books) in slightly or significantly different form. The essays appear in their final, definitive version in this book. Best-known as Igor Stravinsky's lifelong (and fanatically loyal) friend, colleague, interpreter/conductor, and amanuensis, Robert Craft is also a music and literary critic of the first rank. This collection demonstrates that fact, and covers the stunning breadth of interests of Robert Craft, Renaissance Man, that is to say, the vanishing embodiment of civilized learning and wisdom. An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Craft collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: ALL other copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. One of the most brilliant critics of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO ROBERT CRAFT AND IGOR STRAVINSKY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 039453073X. $50.00

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