Romantic Imageby Frank Kermode
This classic work, back in print for the first time in over a decade, questions the public's harsh perception of the artist, while at the same time gently poking fun at the artists' own, often inflated self-image.
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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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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!