Jacques Barzun, an intellectual giant and hero of mine, has died at 104.

His magnum opus, published when he was 92, is “From Dawn to Decadence: 500 years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present,” a mammoth and beautifully written tome that anyone interested in things cultural should at least dip into.

Barzun also wrote expansively on classical music, including his landmark “Berlioz and the Romantic Century.” Among other musical adventures, he published a translation of Berlioz’s Memoirs and put together a fine anthology called “The Pleasures of Music.”

One of my favorite of Barzun’s books is “The House of Intellect,” which I happen to have picked up for 50 cents at Bart’s Books in Ojai.

Here’s the New York Times’ obituary.

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