Illusion and Reality: A Study of the Sources of Poetry.

Christopher Caudwell.

Edité par International Publishers, New York, NY, 1947
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Very Good+ in Very Good DJ: The Book shows indications of very careful use: just a touch of wear to extremities; thin lines of sun-blanching along the top and bottom edges; the binding remains square and secure; the text is clean. The DJ shows moderate wear to the extremities; mild rubbing;some dampstaining and soiling to the backstrip (the titles thereon remain clearly legible); the price has not been clipped; mylar-protected. No longer 'As New', but remains structurally sound and tightly bound: a clean, sturdy, presentable reading copy. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 342pp. Hardback with DJ. Christopher Caudwell is the pseudonym of Christopher St John Sprigg (1907 – 1937), a British Marxist writer, thinker and poet.Illusion and Reality was written quickly during the summer of 1935, while Caudwell was in the process of a political conversion to Marxism. Portions of the manuscript were produced at a rate of 5,000 words a day. In its use of political theory and history the book was influenced by the philosophy of Karl Marx, but it also was strongly indebted to the literary criticism of I. A. Richards. Caudwell develops two main arguments in Illusion and Reality. First, each unique era of British poetry (The Romantic Period, The Age of Pope, etc.) develops from a particular economic arrangement in bourgeois society. Caudwell writes: "When we use the word 'modern' in a general sense, we use it to describe a whole complex of culture which developed in Europe and spread beyond it from the fifteenth century to the present day. There is something 'modern' in Shakespeare, Galileo, Michael Angelo [sic], Pope, Goethe and Voltaire which we can distinguish from Homer, Thales, Chaucer and Beowulf, and compare with Valery, Cézanne, James Joyce, Bergson and Einstein. This complex itself is changeful—no epoch of human history has been so variegated and dynamic as that from the Elizabethan age to ours. But then, the economic foundations too have changed, from feudal to 'industrial'. This culture complex is the superstructure of the bourgeois revolution in production—a revolution whose nature was first analyzed completely by Marx in Das Kapital. Modern poetry is capitalist poetry. Caudwell, here, is working within the Marxist framework of base and superstructure and argues that both the poetic form and the content are determined by the economic base. To further illustrate this point Illusion and Reality includes a table that outlines the "General Characteristics" of the capitalist economy in Great Britain during ten different eras and their related bourgeois poetic forms, or "Technical Characteristics," from that same period. This is an important and worthwhile study, and relatively unsung. I recommend it highly. Caudwell was a promising author before his early, tragic death. N° de réf. du libraire 43466

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Titre : Illusion and Reality: A Study of the Sources...

Éditeur : International Publishers, New York, NY

Date d'édition : 1947

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included

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