Francis Baconby Francis Bacon
This is the first extensive one-volume anthology of Bacon's writings since 1905. It includes the major English literary works on which his reputation rests: the Advancement of Learning (1605), the Essays (1597 and 1625), and the posthumously published New Atlantis (1626). In addition it reprints sixteen other works which are not otherwise available, which show Bacon's… See more details below
This is the first extensive one-volume anthology of Bacon's writings since 1905. It includes the major English literary works on which his reputation rests: the Advancement of Learning (1605), the Essays (1597 and 1625), and the posthumously published New Atlantis (1626). In addition it reprints sixteen other works which are not otherwise available, which show Bacon's remarkable all-round abilities in politics, law, theology, and poetry. A special feature of the edition is its extensive annotation, which identifies Bacon's sources and allusions (in the Bible, in classical literature, and in Renaissance texts). It also provides full explanation of Bacon's vocabulary, which is as rich as Shakespeare's, but far less familiar. Detailed headnotes recreate the political and intellectual contexts in which these works were produced.
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Though many reviewers and critics of this new edition of a 1983 book published in Spanish by the same name and by the same author are angry with the presentation of the Bacon paintings included, the simple fact that Michel Leiris' fine essay on Bacon, possibly the finest ever written, is once again available to the public more than makes up for the quality of the reproductions of the art. Leiris was in many ways Bacon's confidant, a man and a writer with whom Bacon shared his inner most feelings and life and stimuli for the paintings he created. Leiris writes with a quiet authority, with an immensely readable style, and offers more information about the real Francis Bacon than others - and the list of Bacon authorities grows all the time. In this hardcover edition there is a quotation as a frontispiece that bears repeating. Georg Büchner: 'In everything I demand that there should be life, the possibility of existence, and then all is well; we are not then called upon to ask whether the work is beautiful or ugly. The feeling that what has been created has life comes before either consideration and is the only criterion in matters of art.' This, from the creator of 'Woyzeck'. After Leiris elegant essay the book contains a large number of Bacon's canvases. Even with less than perfect reproduction these works seem to take on new meaning, reflecting the information in Leiris' words. This particular reincarnation of the 1983 book includes a full chronology of Bacon's life, a list of all the interviews recorded and a very complete bibliography that includes catalogues from exhibitions and an updated listing of all the public collections of the artist's works. Despite the flaws of production this book is well worth owning, especially since the Leiris essay is not otherwise available. Grady Harp