Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Romantic Moderns

 Guardian reviewer Kathryn Hughes recently enthused over the new book by Alexandra Harris, "Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper".
"It would be impossible to over-emphasise what a clever book Romantic Moderns is." The Guardian, Saturday 25 September 2010.

According to Hughes the book deals with a particular form of English twentieth century culture:
"For while high modernism hung out in smoky jazz bars, romantic modernism tended to pile on the jumpers and sit round the kitchen table, scoffing a delicious stew composed of ingredients foraged from the hedgerows. When it took to the roads it did so with a well-thumbed Victorian gazetteer in the glove compartment or perhaps an edition of Gilbert White's Selborne or Thomas Bewick's British Birds."

The book has been nominated for the Guardian First Book Award.

Read the review here.
Full details of the book here.
Alexandra Harris's website has some extracts available.

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