We of the Future: Guillaume Apollinaire and the Birth of ModernismHardback
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- Publisher: Constable
- Format: Hardback | 320 pages
- Publication date: 29 April 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1845293274
- ISBN 13: 9781845293277
Not only was Apollinaire the outstanding French poet of the twentieth century, he was also a cult figure and an icon for an age. He was central to the first wave of modernism as it unfolded on the ground and, this book argues, his curious life exactly spanned a cultural turning point as dramatic as the European Renaissance. Alongside Einstein's Theory of Relativity and Nietzsche's declaration of the death of God flourished the work of Picasso and the Cubists, Derain and the Fauvists and Dada and the Surrealists. Complex, elusive and brilliant, Apollinaire was friends with them all. Picasso's 'rose period' is otherwise known as his 'Apollinaire period' - the two were inseparable. For half a century, Paris was the centre of the creative world - Joyce, Hemingway, Pound, Beckett all set off for France to sign up for the avant garde. Through its wild, brilliant, creative and sometimes crazy ringleader, meet the defining movement of the twentieth century - without which our lives wouldn't be the same today.
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Laetitia Rutherford is half English, half French. Now a literary agent, she read English at Oxford before going on to gain a Masters in 'Twentieth Century Literature and its Contexts' (with distinction) from Goldsmiths. She lives in London.