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Wyndham Lewis (1882 1957)

Related: modern art - modernist literature - British literature

Bibliography: The Intellectuals and the Masses (1992) - John Carey

Biography

Percy Wyndham Lewis (November 18, 1882 March 7, 1957) was a Canadian born British painter and author. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyndham_Lewis [May 2006]

Wyndham Lewis and the Art of Modern War (1998) - David Peters Corbett

Wyndham Lewis and the Art of Modern War (1998) - David Peters Corbett [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

This collection is the first specialised study since Fredric Jameson's influential 1979 book Fables of Aggression: Wyndham Lewis, the Modernist as Fascist to deal with the important question of Lewis as a mass of 'unbound impulses released from the rationalising censorship of a respectable consciousness', and arguing for a more nuanced and historically aware view of Lewis and his work. The eight contributors consider Lewis's career from its inception to his final novels within a major focus on the First World War and the inter-war period. Their essays examine Lewis's First World War art, his post-war politics and aesthetics, the new turn his painting and thought took in the 1930s, and the connections between modernism, war, and aggression. Overall, the collection offers a reassessment of the conventional view of Lewis as the uncontrolled aggressor of British modernism. --via Amazon.uk

Book Description
This volume considers the place of aggression and warfare in Lewis' art and literature within a closely defined historical context. Focusing on the effect of the First World War on Lewis' thought and his practice as artist and writer, it examines his war art, and the postwar politics and aesthetics in detail, and reassesses the justice of the view of Lewis as the uncontrolled aggressor of British modernism. --via Amazon.com

See also: art - aestheticization - modernism - war

BLAST (1914 - 1915)

BLAST (arts journal)
The cover of the first edition of BLAST (1914)

BLAST was the shortlived journal of the Vorticism movement. It had two editions, the first published on 2 July 1914, and the second a year later.

BLAST was edited and largely written by Wyndham Lewis with contributions from other Vorticists. The first edition was printed in folio format, with the oblique title BLAST splashed across its bright pink soft cover. Inside, Lewis used a range of bold typographic tricks to engage the user. In many respects it bore a striking resemblance to the typographically naive newsletters produced by Apple Macintosh users in the late 1980s.

The opening 20 pages of Blast One, contains the Vorticism manifesto written by Lewis, with assistance for Ezra Pound, and signed by Lewis, Edward Wadsworth, Ezra Pound, William Roberts, Helen Saunders, Lawrence Atkinson, Jessica Dismorr and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. David Bomberg and Jacob Epstein chose not to sign the manifesto, although their work was featured. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BLAST_(journal) [Aug 2005]

See also: 1914 - literature - magazine

Fables of Aggression: Wyndham Lewis, the Modernist As Fascist (1979) - Fredric Jameson

Fables of Aggression: Wyndham Lewis, the Modernist As Fascist (1979) - Fredric Jameson [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

See also: Fredric Jameson - aggression - fascism - modernism

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