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    DescriptionJohn Worth is a painter with a genuine calling, and a real gift. But he seems in some sense subdued. His radical girlfriend has a ready diagnosis: she tells him that his work will never come to more than decoration if he does not infuse it with social meaning, political meaning. Because she is a substantial person he has to consider what she says, and it hurts-he's just not the man for the job. Stubbornly, instinctively, Worth resists. His dealer's advisor has glimpsed something in Worth's paintings that has made him buy, quietly, a number of the works for himself. He pays a visit to the artist, and suggests that he do something violent, if only as an experiment. Battered by this time, he agrees to think about it. He paints a picture airless as a De Chirico, and filled with the symbols of destruction. His friend denounces what seems to her to be the pornography of violence with no human reference, a mere icon of death. Worth understands that the judgment touches not only the work but his character. He is angry and disheartened. His life becomes disordered, unhappy. But somehow, in his trouble and loneliness, he finds himself breaking new ground. He has always been workmanlike and steady. Now he works endlessly, with a pertinacity that looks like rage, as he begins to see his way. And as his art changes, his life is not spared the accidents of mortality. His girl leaves him, a good friend has a breakdown and kills himself. But within a year a big London exhibition of his work is arranged, the precocious climacteric of his life and art-best expressed in the violent shock of one large canvas, a modern Christ's entry into a modem Jerusalem, bringing not peace but a sword.


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    Title
    Entry into Jerusalem
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stanley Middleton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 172
    Width: 149 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 426 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780941533461
    ISBN 10: 0941533468
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
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    B&T General Subject: 704
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 79
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    LC classification: PR6063.I25
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC027000
    LC classification: PR6063.I25 E5 1988
    B&T Approval Code: P25106020
    Publisher
    New Amsterdam Books
    Imprint name
    New Amsterdam Books
    Publication date
    21 April 1998
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Stanley Middleton is the author of a score of novels, all of them informed by his instinctive interest in the texture of real life. Out of these workday materials he makes his drama of the senses, the heart, and the spirit. The first of his novels to appear in the United States, Valley of Decision, was published by New Amsterdam Books in 1987.
    Review quote
    An unusual exploration of an artist's inspirations and motivations. Booklist Worth is a powerfully sympathetic character, an artist devoid of artistic pretension, as direct and committed as his creator. The Sunday Telegraph