Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery

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Vintage International, 1997 - Art - 192 pages
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An act of courage and effrontery, a uniquely human endeavor that defies time and differences, art offers new realities, emotions and worlds to anyone prepared to meet the demands it places on us. Art objects to the lie that life is small, fragmented and mean. Art objects to the myth of inevitable decay. Winterson's eloquent vision of objecting, transforming, exuberant art is presented in pieces on painting, autobiography, style and the future of fiction. She also declares her admiration for Modernism and examines the writing of Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot and Gertrude Stein. More personally, she confronts the current fascination with the writer's life or sexuality instead of the work itself, and describes her relationship to her own fiction.

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User Review  - Kirralee - Goodreads

Ecstasy and Effrontery weren't exaggerations: I can't say i especially enjoyed reading this book, but it's resonated with me more strongly than other books i enjoyed reading much more. Winterson is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Clara Charlotte - Goodreads

Yes, Jeanette Winterson can be self-important and cocky. But she is also incredibly smart and opinionated and who can resist that? Not me. Read full review

About the author (1997)

Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959 and graduated from St. Catherine's College, Oxford. Her book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, is a semi-autobiographical account of her life as a child preacher (she wrote and gave sermons by the time she was eight years old). The book was the winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction and was made into an award-winning TV movie. The Passion won the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize for best writer under thirty-five, and Sexing the Cherry won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award.

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