In this Sept. 17, 2002 file photo, Jacques Barzun sits for a portrait at his home in San Antonio. Barzun, the pioneering cultural historian who became a best-selling author in his 90s

 

              In this Sept. 17, 2002 file photo, Jacques Barzun sits for a portrait at his home in San Antonio.  Barzun, the pioneering cultural historian who became a best-selling author in his 90s
In this Sept. 17, 2002 file photo, Jacques Barzun sits for a portrait at his home in San Antonio. Barzun, the pioneering cultural historian who became a best-selling author in his 90s with "From Dawn to Decadence," has died. He was 104. Barzun's son-in-law says Barzun passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in San Antonio, where he'd lived in recent years. Barzun wrote dozens of books and essays on everything from philosophy and music to detective novels. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)