The Spirit of England: Selected Essays of Stephen Medcalf

The Spirit of England: Selected Essays of Stephen Medcalf


By (author) Stephen Medcalf, Edited by Professor Brian Cummings, Edited by Gabriel Josipovici

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  • Publisher: Legenda
  • Format: Hardback | 306 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 25mm | 771g
  • Publication date: 18 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Leeds
  • ISBN 10: 1906540373
  • ISBN 13: 9781906540371
  • Sales rank: 1,533,157

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Stephen Medcalf (1937-2006) was an essayist, in the best traditional sense of that calling: a writer not of books but of substantial and justly celebrated essays, widely read in the Times Literary Supplement and elsewhere. Medcalf's abiding question to the world was the Psalmist's: 'What is man that thou art mindful of him?' His was a Blakean sense of Englishness, far from the chocolate-box painting or the television adaptation, and for him the strongest writers were those keenly aware of their roots in the classical, Anglo-Saxon or Celtic past. By gathering together Medcalf's most important work, this volume shows the coherence of his thinking, and of the elusive, complicated literary heritage he celebrated, one which acknowledges the Greco-Roman strain, the Christian strain, the down-to-earth humour and the sly irony.

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