Imaginary Lives

Imaginary Lives


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ISBN-13: 9781939663344
Publisher: Wakefield Press, WA
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 575,823
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

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IMAGINARY LIVES 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mpho3 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
History for arts sake? Frida Kahlo read this while convalescing from the accident that shaped the rest of her life. I read a biography of Kahlo while convalescing from my life and thus discovered Schwob.In 10-page biographies, Schwob depicts "the unique existences of ... priests, criminals, or nobodies." Each is treated with an artistic verve that belies the notion that "minute records of great men or epochs or events of the past are not especially needed." Why say what's been said before? And yet, each of these tales is spun such that one may take them as a warning: beware that for which you ask! In describing one of his subjects, the painter Paolo Uccello, Schwob wrote, he "was not concerned with the reality of things but their multiplicity and the infinity of their lines." So, too Swchob, who chose for us,Empedocles, Supposed God Erostat, IncendiaryCrates, CynicSeptima, EnchantressLucretius, PoetClodia, Impure WomanPetronius, RomancerSufrah, GeomancerFra Dolcino, HereticCecco Angiolieri, Poet of HatePaolo Uccello, PainterNicholas Loyseleur, JudgeKatherine the Lacemaker, Girl of the StreetsAlain the Gentle, SoldierGabriel Spencer, ActorPocahontas, PrincessCyril Tourneur, Tragic PoetWilliam Phips, Treasure HunterCaptain Kidd, PirateWalter Kennedy, Unlettered PirateMajor Stede-Bonnet, Pirate by FancyBurke and Hare, AssassinsAmong them you're sure to find a kindred spirit--or hopefully not.