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Letters of Introduction : An A-z of Cultural Heroes and Legends - Kevin Jackson

Letters of Introduction

An A-z of Cultural Heroes and Legends

Paperback Published: 27th February 2013
ISBN: 9781857546552
Number Of Pages: 244

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In Letters of Introduction Kevin Jackson invents a new genre, the Alphabet Essay. Always inventive, scholarly and sometimes zany, Jackson approaches ten writers and two 'themes', building an alphabet around each: 'A is for' to 'Z is for'. The alphabet touches on his subjects' history, their culture, their private and intimate lives, their anxieties, and most importantly their achievement. The Alphabets are introductory and exploratory. Jackson picks his way through the worlds of Hildegard of Bingen, William Blake, Dante, Duke Ellington, Freud, Goethe, the Harlem Renaissance, Paul Klee, Friedrich Nietzsche, Surrealism, Andy Warhol and Marguerite Yourcenar. As he goes he finds out more and more, by association, through legend and gossip, in imagination. It is a wonderful process, an approach which imposes wonderful juxtapositions and elicits delicious ironies. The form is redolent of childhood, the content is remote from childish things.

A William Blake Alphabet; A Dante Alphabet; An Ellington Alphabet; A Freud Alphabet; A Goethe Alphabet; A Harlem Renaissance Alphabet; A Hildegard of Bingen Alphabet; A Paul Klee Alphabet; A Nietsche Alphabet; A Surrealist Alphabet; An Andy Warhol Alphabet; A Marguerite Yourcenar Alphabet; the end.

ISBN: 9781857546552
ISBN-10: 1857546555
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.85 x 15.09  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.32