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The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century

by Brewer, John

  • ISBN: 9780374234584
  • ISBN10: 0374234582

The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century

by Brewer, John

  • List Price: $40.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish date: 03/01/2002
  • ISBN: 9780374234584
  • ISBN10: 0374234582
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Description: In 1660, when King Charles II was restored to the throne, his realm had few professional authors, musicians, or painters, and no public concerts, galleries, newspaper critics, or reviews. But by the dawn of the nineteenth century, all of these and more were part of England's rich cultural life. How did this transformation occur?

John Brewer's landmark book shows us how British artists, amateurs, entrepreneurs, and audiences created a culture that is still celebrated for its wit and brilliance. It charts the growth of the literary and artistic milieus fostered by publishers, impresarios, and auctioneers -- and amplified in coffeehouses, libraries, pleasure gardens, and theaters. From the engraver and political radical Thomas Bewick to the poetess and critic Anna Seward (the "Swan of Lichfield"), from Samuel Richardson and Dr. Johnson to David Garrick and George Frideric Handel -- here are the great originals who made English art and music so exciting. And here, too, in Brewer's transforming analysis, is a radical reconsideration of the roots of modernity in a crucial century poised between the old ways and the new world to come.

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