The View from the Tower: Origins of an Antimodernist Image

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Immediately after World War I, four major European and American poets and thinkers - W. B. Yeats, Robinson Jeffers, R. M. Rilke, and C. G. Jung - moved into towers as their principal habitations. Taking this striking coincidence as its starting point, this book sets out to locate modern turriphilia in its cultural context and to explore the biographical circumstances that motivated the four writers to choose their unusual retreats. From the ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia to the ivory towers of the fin de ...
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Overview

Immediately after World War I, four major European and American poets and thinkers - W. B. Yeats, Robinson Jeffers, R. M. Rilke, and C. G. Jung - moved into towers as their principal habitations. Taking this striking coincidence as its starting point, this book sets out to locate modern turriphilia in its cultural context and to explore the biographical circumstances that motivated the four writers to choose their unusual retreats. From the ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia to the ivory towers of the fin de siecle, the author traces the emergence of a variety of symbolic associations with the proud towers of the past, ranging from spirituality and intellect to sexuality and sequestration.
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Honorable Mention for the 1999 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Literature and Language, Association of American Publishers

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1999

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691604756
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/14/2014
  • Series: Princeton Legacy Library Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The Proud Towers 3
Ch. 2 William Butler Yeats: The Tower of Visions 41
Ch. 3 Robinson Jeffers: The Tower beyond Time 69
Ch. 4 Rainer Maria Rilke: The Tower of Desire 97
Ch. 5 Carl Gustav Jung: The Tower of the Psyche 131
Ch. 6 The Broken Towers 149
Notes 175
Index 191
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