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Title: Last Modern, The - A Life of Herbert Read
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York
Publication Date: 1990
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
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Ironically, Read may have become what would have least appealed to him--an icon. Most people remember him only as a relentless promoter of modernism; some may recall that he was an anarchist as well. King tries, with some success, to put some color into a figure whom history seems to have drained of life, and his access to Read's family and many of his papers helps in this aim. Still, despite Read's various loves, successes, disappointments (e.g., evolving into more a cultural than a literary figure), dealings with the intellectually rich and famous (T.S. Eliot, Henry Moore, Kenneth Clark, Carl Jung, W.H. Auden--the list is a long one), he fails here to generate much excitement. For readers inherently interested in the Modernist world or Read per se, this biography will hold much interest; for others, it will read as flat as Read's own autobiographical fiction.
- Robert E. Brown, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse,
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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