BOOKS: TOWERING VENTURE

GROVE'S NEW 34-VOLUME DICTIONARY OF ART IS AN EPIC PUBLISHING EVENT

Anyone who thinks electronic data storage is going to render print obsolete in the near future should consider Grove's Dictionary of Art, a 5-ft.-long shelf of 34 dark green-bound bricks of scholarship with a 720,000-item index, just published at the rebarbative price of $8,800 and worth every penny. This is, of course, the sister publication to the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, which, almost since its publication in 1878, has reigned unchallengeably as the authoritative work in its field. After the relentless barrage of propaganda about information that has been growing in recent years, such a project may seem a...

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