Things I Didn't Know

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Random House, Jun 30, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages

Robert Hughes, one of the most illuminating minds ever to have taken on the subjects of art and culture, uses his same critical abilities to give us a brutally intimate account of his early life, up until the time he quit Australia for the United States.

Part memoir, part history lesson, part philosophical tract, Hughes uses his own experiences to examine the nature of art, war, sex, religion, writing and life itself.

Piercing, razor-sharp, and above all, fearless, this is by far Hughes's most personal writing to date.

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User Review  - scottapeshot - LibraryThing

Wonderful writing, compelling and lucid details as usual from Hughes. He never has the most penetrating insights nor has he lived the most admirable existence, but he presents them in an extraordinary way. Read full review

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Robert Hughes is one of Australia's great expatriate curmudgeons, and for all his flaws he is a brilliant man and a compelling writer. This autobiography of Hughes' early life starts, oddly, with a ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Robert Hughes, art critic of Time magazine and twice winner of the American College Art Association's F.J. Mather Award for distinguished criticism, is the author of The Shock of the New and Heaven and Hell in Western Art. He is also the author of the acclaimed Nothing if Not Critical -- which William Boyd described as 'criticism at its most intelligent and impressive, trenchant, lucid, elegantly written' -- Barcelona and Culture of Complaint, essays on the fraying of America, described in the Observer as 'the most bracing of critical broadsides against new anti-intellectual tyrannies'. Robert Hughes died in August 2012.

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