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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer (Hardback)
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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 30/03/2014
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Regarded as a titanic artistic and aesthetic achievement, the influential literary magazine The Dial published most of the great modernist writers, artists, and critics of its day. As publisher and editor of The Dial from 1920 to 1926, Scofield Thayer was gatekeeper and guide for the movement. His editorial curation introduced the ideas of literary modernism to America and gave American artists a new audience in Europe.

In The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer James Dempsey looks beyond the public figure best known for publishing the work of William Butler Yeats, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, E.E. Cummings, and Marianne Moore to reveal a paradoxical man fraught with indecisions and insatiable appetites, and deeply conflicted about the artistic movement to which he was benefactor and patron. Thayer suffered from schizophrenia and faded from public life upon his resignation from The Dial. His struggle with mental illness and his controversial personal life led his guardians to prohibit anything of a personal nature from appearing in previous biographies. The story of Thayer's unmoored and peripatetic life, which in many ways mirrored the cosmopolitan rootlessness of modernism, has never been fully told until now.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813049267
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A persuasive case for placing Thayer at the centre of modernism. "London Review of Books"
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[A] sympathetic and pleasing study of this often overlooked patron and critic. . . . Provides the first detailed account of Thayer s life and of his important but conflicted support of modern writers and artists at the "Dial." . . . Enthralling and convincing. "Wall Street Journal"
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Examines the man as more than just a relentless promoter of art and literature. "Worcester Magazine"
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A persuasive case for placing Thayer at the centre of modernism. London Review of Books
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[A] sympathetic and pleasing study of this often overlooked patron and critic. . . . Provides the first detailed account of Thayer s life and of his important but conflicted support of modern writers and artists at the Dial. . . . Enthralling and convincing. Wall Street Journal
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"[A] sympathetic and pleasing study of this often overlooked patron and critic. . . . Provides the first detailed account of Thayer's life and of his important but conflicted support of modern writers and artists at the Dial. . . . Enthralling and convincing."--Wall Street Journal

"A persuasive case for placing Thayer at the centre of modernism."--London Review of Books

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