Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper (Paperback)
  • Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper (Paperback)

Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper (Paperback)

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Published: 06/04/2023
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An award-winning study of England's unique and peculiarly insular variant of modernism.

While the battles for modern art and society were being fought in France and Spain, it has seemed a betrayal that John Betjeman and John Piper were in love with a provincial world of old churches and tea-shops. In this multi-award-winning book, Alexandra Harris tells a different story. In the 1930s and 1940s, artists and writers explored what it meant to be alive in England. Eclectically, passionately, wittily, they showed that 'the modern' need not be at war with the past. Constructivists and conservatives could work together, and even the Bauhaus emigre, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, was beguiled into taking photographs for Betjeman's nostalgic Oxford University Chest.

This modern English renaissance was shared by writers, painters, gardeners, architects, critics, tourists and composers. John Piper, Virginia Woolf, Florence White, Christopher Tunnard, Evelyn Waugh, E. M. Forster and the Sitwells are part of the story, along with Bill Brandt, Graham Sutherland, Eric Ravilious and Cecil Beaton.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500296486
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: New Edition

'The originality of Romantic Moderns is the extraordinary breadth of its focus ... a joy to read' - The Sunday Times
'It would be impossible to over-emphasise what a clever book Romantic Moderns is ... not just an important book but a deeply pleasurable one, too' - Guardian
'Teems with fascinating detail ...Well researched, wide-ranging and generously illustrated, the book contains many delights and surprises' - Daily Telegraph
'Brilliant, delightfully readable ... thoroughly invigorating' - Financial Times
'Remarkable ... Harris's insights are based on a close, imaginative reading of collaborations and connections mapped through friendships and unlikely encounters. Her book is full of vivid snapshots, telling detail and beguiling loose ends' - Times Literary Supplement

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“A Very English Modernism”

This splendid book looks at how the generation of artists, writers, architects etc. of the 30s and 40s developed a particularly English slant on modernism.
It's a beautifully designed book with many wonderful... More

Paperback edition
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“Interesting but academic”

Like the reviewers before me have said, it is a very academic book suitable for students of art and literature.

I started reading it because I had to review it. It was quite boring because this isn't my area of... More

Hardback edition
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“Excellent overview of a cultural era”

This is on the academic side yes, so would be useful to students looking for an introduction to this period, but it is an excellent starting point. There are photo's provided so that we can get feel for the style... More

Hardback edition
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