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Images of Liberty: The Modern Aesthetics of Great Natural Space

Richard Bevis

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ISBN 10: 1426924240 / ISBN 13: 9781426924248
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Paperback. 380 pages. Dimensions: 8.8in. x 5.8in. x 0.8in.Our ancestors did not always see beauty in the starkness of deserts, mountains, and polar wastes; that was the work of ages. In The Road to Egdon Heath (1999) , Richard Bevis undertook to explain how and why this change - noted by Thomas Hardy in 1878 - came about. In Images of Liberty he picks up this story in the late nineteenth century and carries it into the present time. That the mid-1870s saw Thomas Hardy imagine Egdon Heath out of a few Dorset moors and present it as the modern standard of natural beauty; Charles Doughty go wandering with nomads in the Arabian desert; John Muir begin to write about his climbs in the Sierra Nevada; John Wesley Powell affirm the arid reality of the American West; and Herman Melville publish a long poem about the wilderness of Judaea while explorers were probing the polar oceans, is not likely to have been mere coincidence. He finds that influences as diverse as Buddhism, industrial development, climate change, and tourism have shaped attitudes toward the Great and even its physical reality. Bevis concludes that the impulses that drove the pioneers to Hardys chastened sublimity have not passed away. Our horizons are still spacious, still liberating, and not unknowable. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781426924248

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Our ancestors did not always see beauty in the starkness of deserts, mountains, and polar wastes; that was the work of ages. In The Road to Egdon Heath (1999) , Richard Bevis undertook to explain how and why this change - noted by Thomas Hardy in 1878 - came about. In Images of Liberty he picks up this story in the late nineteenth century and carries it into the present time. "That the mid-1870s saw Thomas Hardy imagine Egdon Heath out of a few Dorset moors and present it as the modern standard of natural beauty; Charles Doughty go wandering with nomads in the Arabian desert; John Muir begin to write about his climbs in the Sierra Nevada; John Wesley Powell affirm the arid reality of the American West; and Herman Melville publish a long poem about the wilderness of Judaea while explorers were probing the polar oceans, is not likely to have been mere coincidence". He finds that influences as diverse as Buddhism, industrial development, climate change, and tourism have shaped attitudes toward "the Great" and even its physical reality. Bevis concludes that the impulses that drove the pioneers to Hardy's "chastened sublimity" have not passed away. "Our horizons are still spacious, still liberating, and not unknowable".

About the Author: When he was an English professor at the University of British Columbia, Richard Bevis wrote books on eighteenth-century English drama. He has devoted his retirement to hiking, travel, and trying to understand the ways in which people's attitudes toward great natural expanses have been evolving. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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