Romantic Image

Romantic Image

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by Frank Kermode
     
 

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For the past four decades Frank Kermode, critic and writer, has steadily established himself as one of the most brilliant minds of his generation. Author and editor of over forty books, his prodigious output includes some of the best literary criticism to be published. Questioning the public's harsh perception of 'the artist', Kermode at the same time gently pokes

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For the past four decades Frank Kermode, critic and writer, has steadily established himself as one of the most brilliant minds of his generation. Author and editor of over forty books, his prodigious output includes some of the best literary criticism to be published. Questioning the public's harsh perception of 'the artist', Kermode at the same time gently pokes fun at artists' own, often inflated, self-image. He identifies what has become one of the defining characteristics of the Romantic tradition - the artist in isolation and the emerging power of the imagination. The ingeniousness of Kermode's argument and the polish and wit of the writing all serve to identify the book as one of his finest offerings. Back in print after an absence of over a decade, The Romantic Image is quintessential Kermode. Small wonder then that this, one of his earliest works, is such a classic. Enlightenment has seldom been so enjoyable!

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'Kermode's effortless learning, lucid intelligence and wry, self-deprecating style prove that, at its best, literary criticism itself is a lively art.' - Al Alvarez

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415261869
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/07/2001
Series:
Routledge Classics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Frank Kermode (1919- ) One of the most distinguished critics of our time. He has taught at numerous universities including Cambridge and Harvard. Kermode was knighted in 1991.

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Romantic Image 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very academic read. I read the chapter The Dancer only because a friend suggested I read it. Kermode takes about 40 pages to say basically one thing: women need not be educated or smart¿.we just need to look good. He cites many authorities from Mallarme to Toulouse Lautrec to support his thesis. I give him a four though I found the work worthy of a good nap, because within the parameters of this field he has done a great job. NOT Entitled, Kermode¿s memoir, is a better read¿that I read by accident. It was in the sale bin. Nice cover too!