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The Hieroglyphics Of A New Speech: Cubism, Stieglitz, & The Early Poetry Of William Carlos Williams

Dijkstra, Bram

Published by Princeton University Press, 1969
ISBN 10: 0691061696 / ISBN 13: 9780691061696
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Title: The Hieroglyphics Of A New Speech: Cubism, ...

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 1969

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Princeton. 1969. Princeton University Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 218 pages. hardcover. Cover lithograph by Humphrey Stone. 0691061696. keywords: Literary Criticism Poetry America. inventory # 23305. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Previous studies of William Carlos Williams have tended to look only for the literary echoes in his verse. According to Bram Dijkstra, the new movements in the visual arts during the 1920s affected Williamsís work as much as, if not more than, the new writing of the period. Dijkstra catches the excitement of this period of revolutionary art, reveals the interactions between writers and painters, and shows in particular the specific and general impact this world had on Williamsís early writings. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 23305

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Written reputedly by an Egyptian magus, Horapollo Niliacus, in the fourth century C.E., The Hieroglyphics of Horapollo is an anthology of nearly two hundred "hieroglyphics," or allegorical emblems, said to have been used by the Pharaonic scribes in describing natural and moral aspects of the world. Translated into Greek in 1505, it informed much of Western iconography from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. This work not only tells how various types of natural phenomena, emotions, virtues, philosophical concepts, and human character-types were symbolized, but also explains why, for example, the universe is represented by a serpent swallowing its tail, filial affection by a stork, education by the heavens dropping dew, and a horoscopist by a person eating an hourglass.

In his introduction Boas explores the influence of The Hieroglyphics and the causes behind the rebirth of interest in symbolism in the sixteenth century. The illustrations to this edition were drawn by Albrecht Dürer on the verso pages of his copy of a Latin translation.

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"Lucid language [and] stimulating and provoking thinking . . . are among the merits of this small book that will certainly become an invaluable source for students interested in Renaissance symbolism."--George Mylonas


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