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Constellation of genius : 1922 : modernism year one, Kevin Jackson

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Constellation of genius : 1922 : modernism year one
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Constellation of genius
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1922 : modernism year one
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Kevin Jackson
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eng
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Review
  • In this “biography” of 1922, Jackson narrates the landmark year during which both James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland first appeared in print. Jackson (The Worlds of John Ruskin) offers a month-by-month and even day-by-day narrative of that year’s cultural and political events, as modernists sought a radical reinvention of art and political upheaval spread worldwide. Though the story most extensively tracks the movements of Joyce, Eliot, and Ezra Pound, the cast of characters is enormous, including every significant cultural, artistic, and political figure of the time: Hemingway, Stein, Picasso, Breton, Cocteau, Proust, Chanel, Fitzgerald, Woolf, Wittgenstein, Lorca, Armstrong, Stravinsky, Mussolini, and many, many more. Providing brief, lively snapshots of these players, the story roves restlessly around the globe, from Hollywood to Paris to Moscow, leaping as far afield as Peru, China, and Australia. Jackson doesn’t attempt a new interpretation of modernism or even of its seminal works, aiming instead at a comprehensive, international story of modernism’s “year one” through deft sketches. Despite its manic shifts and cumbersome footnotes, this ambitious and approachable volume overflows with absorbing anecdotes and remarkable personalities. With clearly epic aspirations himself, Jackson casts the well-known story of modernism in a new and instructive light. Agent: Caroline Sloan, Cornerstone Rights (U.K.). (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed June 3, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 22, p)
  • Bookended by the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses and T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland and encompassing the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Hitchcock's directorial debut, and Louis Armstrong's arrival in Chicago, 1922 was not your average year. British author/journalist Jackson profiles what Ezra Pound called Year One of a new era. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed April 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 16, p60)
  • Annus mirabilis seems a most feeble phrase to describe this year of Joyce and Eliot, Chaplin and Keaton, Hemingway and Lawrence, Stravinsky and Hindemith and so many more. Jackson (The Book of Hours, 2007, etc.) takes us day by day through 1922, noting the two towering bookends: the publications of Ulysses (February 2, a palindromic day--2/2/22) and The Waste Land (in book form, December 15). Along the way, he continually updates us on these two authors, describing the very mixed critical reception of Joyce's novel and the efforts of Eliot to shape his poem. Jackson also makes clear the significant presence of Ezra Pound, but he follows a host of other stories closely, as well--the early career of Hemingway, the declining health and death of Proust, the emerging talents of Robert Graves, Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nabokov, Dashiell Hammett, Virginia Woolf and many others. The author also inserts some quirky cultural landmarks--e.g., the patenting of Eskimo Pie, the emergence of the word "flapper," the opening of the Hollywood Bowl, the creation of Qantas Airways--and follows numerous political events: the declining health of Lenin, the rise of Hitler, the power of Mussolini, the end of the Ottoman Empire, the endless troubles in Ireland. Events of great cultural consequence are here: the discovery of the entrance to the tomb of King Tut, the premiere of Nanook of the North (the first feature-length documentary film), the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial. Jackson's focus is on the Western world, and his tone is both convivial and scholarly (detailed footnotes adorn most pages). In a long section called "Aftermath," the author tells us what happened to his principals. Astounding events and personalities, all contending for notice on the bright stage of 1922.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2013)
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10218886
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1955-
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Jackson, Kevin
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.M54
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J32 2013
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Nineteen twenty-two, A.D
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1922: modernism year one
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Constellation of genius : 1922 : modernism year one, Kevin Jackson
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-414) and index
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
430 pages
Isbn
9780374128982
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(hbk.)
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2013015124
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) o827256875
  • (OCoLC)827256875
Label
Constellation of genius : 1922 : modernism year one, Kevin Jackson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-414) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
430 pages
Isbn
9780374128982
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013015124
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o827256875
  • (OCoLC)827256875

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