Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry

Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry

Paperback Johns Hopkins Paperbacks Language: English / German

By (author) Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Translated by Edward Allen McCormick

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  • Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 292 pages
  • Language: English / German
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 20mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1984
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801831393
  • ISBN 13: 9780801831393
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 474,372

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Originally published in 1766, the "Laocoon" has been called the first modern attempt to define the distinctive spheres of art and poetry, and its author, Lessing, the first modern esthetician. Lessing invented the modern concept of the artistic medium and modernist assumptions of the uniqueness of the individual arts. A new Foreword by Michael Fried emphasizes Lessing's current importance regarding trends in art history and literary theory. (Philosophy)

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