The Spirit of Britain: A Narrative History of the Artsby Roy C. Strong, Roy Strong
The Spirit of Britain is a masterly survey of the country’s arts: literature, music, poetry, painting, architecture, theater, and all the related subjects that, over the centuries, have given British intellectual and cultural life its unique character and vitality. Presented to the reader as a single unfolding narrative, from the Celts to the present day, the arts are set within a vivid panorama of the social, economic, political, and ideological forces that shaped them. Four hundred gorgeous photographs and works of art add immensely to the dramatic impact of this landmark work of cultural history. Sir Roy Strong is the former Director of both the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery; among his books are The Artist and the Garden, The Cult of Elizabeth, and The Story of Britain.
"An immensely valuable and reliable introduction to British cultural lifeexhilarating reading." - The Times
"A wonderful read; it is also challenging and like its splendid author, not afraid to be controversial." - Antonia Fraser
"A fine volumeThe treatment is thorough, balanced, judicious and sometimes highly original, and the illustrations are superb." - Spectator
"A formidable and provocative book." - Daily Telegraph
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Sir Roy Strong is the former Director of both the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Among his books are The Artist and the Garden, The Cult of Elizabeth, and The Story of Britain.
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