Hilton Kramer was born on March 25, 1928, in Gloucester, Mass. As a boy he gravitated toward the local artists’ colony and spent long hours in Boston’s art museums. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English at Syracuse University in 1950, he studied literature and philosophy at Columbia, the New School for Social Research and Harvard.---
"There are reputations in art that soar so high that, if only for a generation or two, they scarcely seem to be reputations in the ordinary sense at all. They acquire instead the status of some eternal verity, and it hardly seems possible that a time might come when the bright light of a renown that is universal in scope will grow dim and even flicker out. The fortunes of art--everything we feel about its permanence and its destiny--seems for the moment so closely bound to the prosperity of these reputations that the very thought of their extinction is unimaginable."
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