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Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper Hardcover – November 1, 2010

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“A brilliant piece of work that manages to be both comprehensive and coherent as it tells a compelling story about 20th century English art.... a significant contribution to the history of English culture.” (Adam Foulds, author of The Quickening Maze)

About the Author

Alexandra Harris is a cultural historian and writer. She is the recipient of the Guardian First Book Award and a Somerset Maugham Award for Romantic Moderns. She is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in Oxford and Liverpool.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Reprint edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500251711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500251713
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book because it is well-researched and well-written. The subject is unusual because it deals with both writers (like Virginia Woolf and Elizabeth Bowen) and artists (like John Piper and Paul Nash) in the UK in the 1930s and 1940s. Instead of saying they were either romantics or moderns the author makes the more interesting argument that they included elements of both romanticism and modernity in their work.
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A very enlightening view from a historical perspective regarding British artists/writers/painters/architects and others during the early 20th Century (1930's-1940's)--a period described as a modern English renaissance prior to artists such as Picasso and other "modern" artists. I have a particular interest in the Bloomsbury artists, but this book covers more than just Bloomsbury--a variety of people in the art world, such as John Piper, Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh, E. M. Forster, the Sitwells, Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, Cecil Beaton, and many more. Beautifully bound and contains 79 illustrations, most in full color.
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