Lifelong Dewey

Reading through every Dewey Decimal section.

Category: 740s

746: The Improbable Return of Coco Chanel by Richard Parker

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746.92092: Parker, Richard. The Improbable Return of Coco Chanel: As Witnessed by her Assistant, Richard Parker (Volume 1). Narragansett, RI: eBook Bakery, 2012. 124 pp. ISBN 978-1-938517-13-6.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 700: Fine Arts
  • 740: Drawing and decorative arts
  • 746: Textile arts
  • 746.9: Other textile products
  • 746.92: Fashion design
  • +092: Biography

Richard Parker served as the creative and design assistant to the legendary Coco Chanel for many years during her resurgence as the creative director of the Chanel Perfumes showroom in New York. Decades before, she had changed the fashion world for the better by debuting what is known today as the little black dress. She moved fashion design out of the eccentric showrooms of the male designers and onto the streets where everyone could have access (even if they couldn’t afford it). As her assistant, Parker became privy to more details than the general public and seeks to set the record straight on a few matters in The Improbable Return of Coco Chanel.

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740: The Civil War and American Art by Eleanor Jones Harvey

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740.973074753: Harvey, Eleanor Jones. The Civil War and American Art. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012. 241 pp. ISBN 978-0-300-18733-5.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 700: Fine Arts
  • 740: Drawing and decorative arts
  • +0973: United States
  • +074: Museums, collections, exhibits
  • +753: District of Columbia

From November 16, 2012 to April 28, 2013, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is sponsoring an exhibit designed to showcase American artists and photographers of the 1860s and how the American Civil War changed the way they perceived and rendered the world around them in their compositions. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator and organizer for the exhibit, details the evolution of American art through the rocky years of the war in the catalog for The Civil War and American Art. This book is a stunning collection of paintings, photographs, and lithographs.

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741: Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

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741.5941: Moore, Alan and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen. New York: DC Comics Inc., 1995. 416 pp. ISBN 978-0-930289-23-2.

Dewey Construction:

  • 700: Fine Arts
  • 740: Drawing and decoration
  • 741: Drawing and drawings
  • 741.5: Cartoon, caricatures, or comics
  • +941: Collection from the British Isles

741 is probably the most fun section in the entire Dewey classification. While it does contain dusty volumes on how to draw animals and forms, it also holds all the comics books in the world. That’s the funny distinction in literature these days. If the dominating feature of a work of fiction is that it’s drawn, then it’s taken out of the literature class and plopped into fine arts. Now, no one will disagree that premier graphic novels can be just as good as literary novels, but they are still separated into their own subsection of the Dewey. Now, on to my pick.

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747: House Thinking by Winifred Gallagher

747.019: Gallagher, Winifred. House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live. New York: Harper Perennial, 2007. 289 pp. ISBN 0-06-053880-5.

Dewey Construction:

  • 700: Fine Arts
  • 740: Drawing and decorative arts
  • 747: Interior decoration
  • +019: Psychological principles

Do you make your home what it is, or does it make you who you are? That’s the question that Winifred Gallagher asks in House Thinking. Her investigation into the intersection of the world of interior design and décor and the field of psychology shows that your living quarters have some remarkable affects on your behavior and well-being.

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