The Beginning and the End of the World

The Beginning and the End of the World : St. Andrews, Scandal, and the Birth of Photography

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In a work of spectacular imagination and remarkable synthesis, Robert Crawford celebrates St Andrews, the first town in the English-speaking world to have its people, buildings and natural environment thoroughly documented through photography. The Beginning and the End of the World tells the stories of several pioneering Scottish photographers. Yet it also places them within the extraordinary intellectual life of an eccentric society rich in sometimes apocalyptically-minded Victorian inventors and authors whose work has had an international impact.

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 238 x 34mm | 580.6g
  • Birlinn General
  • EdinburghUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 1841589802
  • 9781841589800
  • 550,608

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“The kind of intellectually fleet-footed work only a poet and critic could produce.”  —Scotland on Sunday

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About Robert Crawford

Robert Crawford is Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at St Andrews University. He received his MA from Glasgow University and his DPhil from Oxford. He is a founding Fellow of the English Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has taught at the universities of Oxford and Glasgow, and has been at St Andrews since 1989.

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