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Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism Year One Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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“Constellation of Genius . . . is that most counterintuitive of things, an insanely readable book about modernism. Indeed, I think it no disservice to Jackson to say that this is the primer [modernism] has been looking for: a way into its symbolic labyrinth.” ―Will Self, The Guardian
“A lively guide to modernism's heyday . . . Deft, elegant and illuminating. ” ―Literary Review
“[A] marvelous diary of a single year . . . You will be struck by some startling moment of import in a life of genius or an epoch-making event. ” ―Sunday Herald
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I approached this in a partly dutiful spirit, and I certainly got the introduction I was looking for - but this is also the most purely entertaining book I've read this year: gossip from the dinner tables of your dreams.
Constellation of Genius demonstrates that using a microscope on a dust mote can reveal relationships and connections that would be missed by using a telescope focused on a whole section of the night sky.
As i said, the writing is solid, and his facts are for the most part solid. My one quibble with the book is Mr. Jackson's failure to conceal his bias. It was surprising how many times he would admit to being perplexed when one genius or the other expressed politically conservative views. "Surprisingly, so-and-so was a conservative," he wrote repeatedly, betraying the rather offensive view that with intellect must come liberalism. In fact, there are a great many highly intelligent conservatives. Apparently Mr. Jackson, insulated within his academic womb, has not made contact with any of them. Pity that. Perhaps he'll have the opportunity to expand his horizons one day.
However, that quibble aside, the book is worth a read.
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This is so interesting as I read and reread the information. My mother was an English teacher so I think of her as I read through the book.Published on February 18, 2014 by Katie
This is a fascinating book. It is essentially a diary of everything cultural - and some things political and historical - which happened in the very fertile year 1922. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Pamela Mia Paul