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    Description"The difference between the Parthenon and the World Trade Center, between a French wine glass and a German beer mug, between Bach and John Philip Sousa, between Sophocles and Shakespeare, between a bicycle and a horse, though explicable by historical moment, necessity, and destiny, is before all else a difference of imagination. The imagination is like the drunk man who has lost his watch, and must get drunk again to find it. It is as intimate as speech and custom, and to trace its ways we need to re-educate our eyes."--Guy Davenport Modernism spawned the greatest explosion of art, architecture, literature, painting, music, and dance of any era since the Renaissance. In its long unfolding, from Yeats, Pound and Eliot to Picasso and Matisse, from Diaghilev and Balanchine to Cunningham and Stravinsky and Cage, the work of Modernism has provided the cultural vocabulary of our time. One of the last pure Modernists, Guy Davenport was perhaps the finest stylist and most protean craftsman of his generation. Publishing more than two dozen books of fiction, essays, poetry and translations over a career of more than forty years, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1990. In poetry and prose, Davenport drew upon the most archaic and the most modern of influences to create what he called "assemblages"--lush experiments that often defy classification. Woven throughout is a radical and coherent philosophy of desire, design and human happiness. But never before has Davenport's fiction, nonfiction, poetry and translations been collected together in one compendium. Eight years after his death, The Guy Davenport Reader offers the first true introduction to the far-ranging work of this neglected genius.


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    Title
    Guy Davenport Reader
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Guy Davenport
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 699 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781619021037
    ISBN 10: 161902103X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC22: 818/.5409
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 500
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    DC22: 818.5409
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004020, LCO002000
    DC23: 818.5409
    LC classification: PS3554.A86 A6 2013
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    COUNTERPOINT
    Imprint name
    COUNTERPOINT
    Publication date
    01 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Berkeley
    Author Information
    Guy Davenport was born in South Carolina and lived for more than forty years in Lexington, Kentucky, where he died in 2005. The author of more than twenty books, including Geography Of The Imagination, Eclogues and The Death Of Picasso, he was also a distinguished professor at the University of Kentucky and a MacArthur Fellow in 1990. Erik Reece, himself a student of Davenport and now his literary executor, is also the author of Lost Mountain, An American Gospel and Field Work.
    Review quote
    "Guy Davenport seems comfortable in any genre... For whatever else he is, Davenport is an entertainer ... to the point of being able to take literary dullards like Kafka and Poe and turn them, too, into charming entertainers."RALPH