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The Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper by Alexandra Harris
  

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

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Winner of the Guardian First Book Award 2010.

A rich and interesting look at the Romantic Revolution of the 1930’s and 40’s in England covering artists, writers, architects, gardeners, designers – a whole host of artistic talent.

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The Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper by Alexandra Harris

In this new and engaging study Alex Harris presents a confident case for the interest and importance of the English arts during the modern period. During the 1930s and 1940s, a rich network of cultural and personal encounters was the backdrop for a modern English renaissance, with English artists exploring what it meant to be alive at that moment and in England. Harris examines the work of writers, painters, gardeners, architects, critics and composers, some well known and some almost forgotten: John Betjeman, Florence White, Evelyn Waugh, Elizabeth Bowen, the Sitwells, John Piper, Cecil Beaton, and more.

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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 was born in Sussex in 1981 and was educated at the University of Oxford and the Courtauld Institute, London. She is the editor (with Lara Feigel) of Modernism on Sea and is currently Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th September 2010

Author

Alexandra Harris

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Publisher

Thames & Hudson Ltd

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

The Real World
All Shortlists and Winners
Debuts of the Month

The arts: general issues
History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
Literary studies: from c 1900 -

ISBN

9780500251713

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