On Late Style

On Late Style : Music and Literature Against the Grain

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"On Late Style" examines the work produced by great artists - Beethoven, Thomas Mann, Jean Genet among them - at the end of their lives. Said makes it clear that, rather than the resolution of a lifetime's artistic endeavour, most of the late works discussed are rife with contradiction and almost impenetrable complexity. He helps us see how, though these works often stood in direct contrast to the tastes of society, they were, just as often, announcements of what was to come in the artist's discipline - works of true artistic genius.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 222g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747585601
  • 9780747585602
  • 463,851

About Edward Said

Edward W. Said (1935-2003) was born in Jerusalem, brought up in Jerusalem and Cairo, and educted in the United States. The University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, Said wrote twenty-one books which include the seminal Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism and most recently From Oslo to Iraq and the Roadmap also published by Bloomsbury.show more

Review quote

'Said's last book is a series of dazzling case studies exploring the idea of lateness in a range of composers, writers and artists' London Review of Books 'What Said stands for - critical intelligence, high art and the preservation of the language - must be at the centre of our lives. This book is a fine monument to his life and work' Hanif Kureishi 'Gracefully unquiet, probing and wise ... Said's own elegiac masterpiece of late style' Financial Times 'His own late style, if it is acceptable to call it that, mixes an easy mastery of material with an unquenched desire to preserve difficulties' Guardianshow more

Review Text

"Said`s last book is a series of dazzling case studies exploring the idea of lateness in a range of composers, writers and artists." (London Review of Books)show more

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