Constellation of genius : 1922: modernism year one

by Jackson, Kevin, 1955-

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Ezra Pound referred to 1922 as Year One of a new era. It was the year that began with the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses and ended with the publication of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land , two works that were arguably "the sun and moon" of modernist literature, some would say of modernity itself.

In Constellation of Genius , Kevin Jackson puts the titanic achievements of Joyce and Eliot in the context of the world in which their works first appeared. As Jackson writes in his introduction, "On all sides, and in every field, there was a frenzy of innovation." It is in 1922 that Hitchcock directs his first feature; Kandinsky and Klee join the Bauhaus; the first AM radio station is launched; Walt Disney releases his first animated shorts; and Louis Armstrong takes a train from New Orleans to Chicago, heralding the age of modern jazz. On other fronts,

Einstein wins the Nobel Prize in Physics, insulin is introduced to treat diabetes, and the tomb of Tutankhamun is discovered. As Jackson writes, the sky was "blazing with a 'constellation of genius' of a kind that had never been known before, and has never since been rivaled."

Constellation of Genius traces an unforgettable journey through the diaries of the actors, anthropologists, artists, dancers, designers, filmmakers, philosophers, playwrights, politicians, and scientists whose lives and works--over the course of twelve months--brought a seismic shift in the way we think, splitting the cultural world in two. Was this a matter of inevitability or of coincidence? That is for the reader of this romp, this hugely entertaining chronicle, to decide.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this "biography" of 1922, Jackson narrates the landmark year during which both James Joyce's Ulysses and T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland first appeared in print. Jackson (The Worlds of John Ruskin) offers a month-by-month and even day-by-day narrative of that year's cultural and political events, as modernists sought a radical reinvention of art and political upheaval spread worldwide. Though the story most extensively tracks the movements of Joyce, Eliot, and Ezra Pound, the cast of characters is enormous, including every significant cultural, artistic, and political figure of the time: Hemingway, Stein, Picasso, Breton, Cocteau, Proust, Chanel, Fitzgerald, Woolf, Wittgenstein, Lorca, Armstrong, Stravinsky, Mussolini, and many, many more. Providing brief, lively snapshots of these players, the story roves restlessly around the globe, from Hollywood to Paris to Moscow, leaping as far afield as Peru, China, and Australia. Jackson doesn't attempt a new interpretation of modernism or even of its seminal works, aiming instead at a comprehensive, international story of modernism's "year one" through deft sketches. Despite its manic shifts and cumbersome footnotes, this ambitious and approachable volume overflows with absorbing anecdotes and remarkable personalities. With clearly epic aspirations himself, Jackson casts the well-known story of modernism in a new and instructive light. Agent: Caroline Sloan, Cornerstone Rights (U.K.). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Modernism (Literature)
Nineteen twenty-two, A.D.
Publisher New York :2013
Edition First American edition.
Language English
Description 430 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780374128982 (hardcover)
0374128987 (hardcover)
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