Allan Massie

A Big Read for Little People

A Little History of the World


Yale University Press 283pp £14.99 order from our bookshop

E H Gombrich is best known for his popular, and excellent, introduction to art history, The Story of Art, first published in 1950, translated into more than thirty languages, and still in print. No doubt some of Gombrich’s judgements have been superseded and some of his opinions seem dated. It still remains the case that anyone who has read The Story of Art can feel at ease in any of the great galleries of the Western world.

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