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‘If you want to understand how English culture reinvented itself in the 18th century, read The Pleasures of the Imagination ... Like all really original achievements it makes us sharply rethink things we supposed we knew well, but it does so with humour and humanity, and through the text runs Brewer’s remarkable intellect – forceful, lucid and penetrating.’
Brewer’s classic volume transforms our view of England in the 18th century as comprehensively as Simon Schama’s The Embarrassment of Riches did of the Netherlands of the 17th century.
This book examines the birth and development of English ‘high culture’ in the 18th century. It charts the growth of a literary and artistic world fostered by publishers, theatrical and musical impresarios, picture dealers and auctioneers and presented to the public in coffee-houses, concert halls, libraries, theatres and pleasure gardens.
Its purpose is to show how literature, painting, music and the theatre were communicated to a public increasinly avid for them. The towering figures of the time are here – Johnson, Reynolds, Garrick and Handel – but also lesser known figures such as Thomas Bewick the Newcastle engraver and the Lichfield literary bluestocking Anna Seward.
Brewer explores the alleys and garrets of Grub Street, rummages the shelves of bookshops and libraries, peers through printsellers’ shop windows and slips behind the scenes at Drury Lane. It reveals a picture of English artistic and literary life which is more surprising, more various and more convincing than any we have seen before.
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Buchbeschreibung Hardcover. Zustand: New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: New. Msany plates , some full page and som in colour (illustrator). 1st Edition. New. A very heavy book that will require extra postage out side of UK. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 023495