The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays (Nonpareil Book, 78)

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In the 40 essays that constitute this collection, Guy Davenport, one of America's major literary critics, elucidates a range of literary history, encompassing literature, art, philosophy and music, from the ancients to the grand old men of modernism.

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"There is no way to prepare yourself for reading Guy Davenport. You stand in awe before his knowledge of the archaic and his knowledge of the modern. Even more, you stand in awe of the connections he can make between the archaic and the modern; he makes the remote familiar and the familiar fundamental." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"As a critic, Davenport shines as an intrepid appreciator, an ideal teacher. By preference, he likes to walk the reader through a painting or a poem, teasing out the meaning of odd details, making connections with history and other works of art. His must-have essay collections, The Geography of the Imagination and Every Force Evolves a Form, displays his range: With a rainwater clarity, he can write about the naturalistic Louis Aggassiz or ancient poetry and thought . . . He can account for the importance of prehistoric cave art to early modernism or outline the achievements of Joyce and Pound. He can make you yearn to read or look again at neglected masters like the poets Charles Olson and Louis Zukofsky and the painters Balthus and Charles Burchfield. He can send you out eagerly searching for C. M. Doughty's six-volume epic poem, The Dawn in Britain, and for the works of Ronald Johnson, Jonathan Williams and Paul Metcalf. In all this, his method is nothing other than the deep attentiveness engendered by love; that and a firm faith in simply knowing things. He conveys, to adopt his own words about painter Paul Cadmus, 'a perfect balance of spirit and information.'" -- Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

"One of our most gifted and versatile men of letters." -- New York Times

"In these forty essays, spanning the length of a distinguished career, one of America's major literary critics elucidates and astonishing range of literary history with both wit and wisdom. Davenport's sharp eye and crystal prose unearth the mystery and magic of classical and contemporary literature." -- ALA Booklist

About the Author:

Guy Davenport is the author of more than a dozen books of essays, fiction, poetry, and translations, including Da Vinci's Bicycle, Eclogues, and The Cardiff Team.

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