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Germs: A Memoir Of Childhood

Richard Wollheim

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ISBN 10: 1904130143 / ISBN 13: 9781904130147
Published by Waywiser Pr, 2004
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Title: Germs: A Memoir Of Childhood

Publisher: Waywiser Pr

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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'This is a book like no other. It is the work of a philosopher who was also an imaginative writer, and whose philosophy was sustained by a devotion to aesthetics and psychoanalysis. Richard Wollheim died in 2003, not long after the completion of the book, which he felt to be his 'best piece of work'. An earlier book, A Family Romance, the portrait of a terrified manhood, shares some of its concerns. Germs, which traces a passage from childhood to youth, is a recovery of the past that is rich in sensation and in exposure to the world. It opens with the anxious somnambulism of a child's exploring steps, pierced by a thorn, the child is placed against the starched apron of a woman's breast. Soon he is the boy who brushes against the 'horse-like' bodies of back-stage ballerinas: further brushes of the kind were to be long deferred. His father is a fastidious impresario, a friend of Diaghilev's and the incarnation of an Old Europe. His mother is a figure commandingly comic in her absurdities: a vexation and a fascination. Wollheim's 'Confessions' tells the story of a wrestle for meaning with an environment wonderfully evoked, of an ordeal in the dark wood of experience which is both moving and funny, and which has the origins of an adult sexuality and of adult encounters with works of art. Hypersensitivity, and idiosyncrasy, are made a pleasure, and a version of the human condition. Once read Germs will not be forgotten.' - Karl Miller

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Richard Wollheim was born in London in 1923. In a career spanning almost fifty years, he was a professor of philosophy in England and the U.S. He was the author of books on Freud, the philosophy of art, and culture, and an early novel. He died in 2003, at the age of eighty.

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