The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 384 pages

Forty essays on history, art, and literature from one of the most incisive, and most exhilarating, critical minds of the 20th century.

In this collection, Guy Davenport serves as the reader's guide through history and literature, pointing out the values and avenues of thought that have shaped our ideas and our thinking. Davenport provides links between art and literature, music and sculpture, modernist poets and classic philosophers, the past and present. And pretty much everything in between. Not only has he seemingly read (and often translated from the original languages) everything in print, he also has the ability, expressed with unalloyed enthusiasm, to make the connections, to see how cultural synapses make, define, and reflect our civilization.

As The Los Angeles Times Book Review wrote, "There is no way to prepare yourself for reading Guy Davenport. You stand in awe before his knowledge of the archaic and his knowledge of the modern. Even more, you stand in awe of the connections he can make between the archaic and the modern; he makes the remote familiar and the familiar fundamental."

 

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I go back to this book when I am feeling too tired to read anything new, or feeling dull or complacent. Most of these essays involve making connections among writers and books and ideas, getting to the heart of a book I've never read in a way that gets me excited to pick it up. Read full review

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When Guy Davenport died in Kentucky in January 2005, the United States lost one of its last great men of letters. The experience of reading The Geography of the Imagination is truly a geographic sort ... Read full review

Contents

I
3
II
16
III
29
IV
45
V
61
VI
68
VII
80
VIII
100
XXII
230
XXIII
250
XXIV
272
XXV
278
XXVI
282
XXVII
286
XXVIII
300
XXIX
308

IX
114
X
123
XI
131
XII
135
XIII
141
XIV
165
XV
169
XVI
177
XVII
180
XVIII
190
XIX
205
XX
209
XXI
215
XXX
319
XXXI
326
XXXII
331
XXXIII
336
XXXIV
339
XXXV
343
XXXVI
345
XXXVII
353
XXXVIII
359
XXXIX
368
XL
373
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About the author (1997)

Author, artist, literary critic and translator Guy Davenport was born on November 23, 1927 in Anderson, South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1948 and was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned a Bachelor of Literature from Merton College, Oxford University in 1950 and a Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University in 1961. He taught English at several universities from 1951 until his retirement in 1990. He received numerous awards including the O. Henry Award for short stories, the 1981 Morton Douwen Zabel award for fiction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and translation awards from PEN and the Academy of American Poets. He died on January 4, 2005 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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