Romantic Moderns : English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper
In this new and engaging study Alex Harris presents a confident case for the interest and importance of the English arts during the modern period. During the 1930s and 1940s, a rich network of cultural and personal encounters was the backdrop for a modern English renaissance, with English artists exploring what it meant to be alive at that moment and in England. Harris examines the work of writers, painters, gardeners, architects, critics and composers, some well known and some almost forgotten: John Betjeman, Florence White, Evelyn Waugh, Elizabeth Bowen, the Sitwells, John Piper, Cecil Beaton and more.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 152 x 229 x 35.31mm | 930g
- 01 Nov 2010
- Thames & Hudson Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 31 Illustrations, black and white; 48 Illustrations, color
Table of contents
Prologue * 1. Ancient & Modern * 2. Concrete and Curlicues * 3. A Georgian Revival 4. Victoriana * 5. From Purity to a Pageant * 6. A Break for Refreshments * 7. The Canon Revised * 8. The Weather Forecast * 9. Village Life * 10. Parish News * 11. Variations on a View * 12. An Hour in the Garden * 13. Dreaming of Manderley * 14. House Building * 15. Literary Architecture
'Brilliant, delightfully readable ... thoroughly invigorating' - Financial Times 'Teems with fascinating detail ... Well researched, wide-ranging and generously illustrated, the book contains many delights and surprises' - Daily Telegraph 'It would be impossible to over-emphasise what a clever book Romantic Moderns is ... not just an important book but a deeply pleasurable one, too' - Guardian (Book of the Week) 'A joy to read ... the originality of Romantic Moderns is the extraordinary breadth of its focus' - Sunday Times
About Alexandra Harris
Alexandra Harris studied at Oxford and at the Courtauld Institute in London, and worked at Christie's for a year before returning to Oxford to write a doctorate on art and literature in the 1930s. She is now a lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool, running courses on Modernism and American writing, and leading the MA in Contemporary Literature. Her first full-length book, Romantic Moderns, was the winner of the 2010 Guardian First Book Award. Alexandra Harris was also a winner in the BBC's 'New Generation Thinkers' contest in 2011.