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To Hell With Culture : Routledge Classics - Herbert Read

To Hell With Culture

Routledge Classics

Paperback Published: 5th September 2002
ISBN: 9780415289931
Number Of Pages: 240

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Herbert Read was a maverick character in the cultural life of the twentieth century. A radical leader of the avant garde in the 1930s, and an anarchist revolutionary during the war years, by the time of his death in 1968 he had become a key figure at the heart of the British cultural establishment. To Hell with Culture offers readers an ideal overview of the ideas that marked out this seminal and hugely influential thinker. It is a controversial work that engages the reader in a wide range of topics, from revolutionary art to pornography.
Adept at challenging assumptions and penetrating to the heart of any issue, Read's deft prose encourages the reader to think critically, to question and to subvert the voice of authority, of whatever political or cultural creed. Only through such a critical evaluation of culture, Read believes, can one appreciate the art that arises from the 'unpolitical manifestation of the human spirit'. At a time when authority and value are questionable terms, and when culture itself is a contested concept, Read's is both a challenging and an enlightening voice.

Introduction to the Routledge Classics Editionp. ix
Prefacep. xxv
Author's Notep. xxix
Introductionp. 1
To Hell with Culturep. 10
The Politics of the Unpoliticalp. 37
The Cult of Leadershipp. 48
A Civilization from Underp. 70
The Symptoms of Decadencep. 85
The Collective Patronp. 92
The Secret of Successp. 99
The Freedom of the Artistp. 112
The Nature of Revolutionary Artp. 125
The Psychology of Reactionp. 134
The Problem of Pornographyp. 151
Civilization and the Sense of Qualityp. 170
The Great Debatep. 177
The Arts and Peacep. 184
Indexp. 192
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ISBN: 9780415289931
ISBN-10: 0415289939
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 5th September 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.41 x 16.26  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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