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Erewhons of the eye : Samuel Butler as painter, photographer & art critic /
Elinor Shaffer.
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London : Reaktion Books, 1988.
description
xxii, 334 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. (some col.)
ISBN
0948462019 :
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imprint
London : Reaktion Books, 1988.
isbn
0948462019 :
catalogue key
318125
 
Includes bibliography and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-12:
Shaffer, author of several valuable publications on Victorian literature, especially Kubla Kahn' and The Fall of Jerusalem (CH, May '76), here admirably illuminates Samuel Butler as artist, art critic, and photographer. Combining biography, quotations from Butler's writings, and astute interpretive commentary, Shaffer demonstrates how Butler established artistic values distinct from those of John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites, and from academic Hellenists, and sought to alter conventional views of the Renaissance, particularly through sumpathetic appreciation of North Italian religious art. The text, though densely argued, is both readable and insightful, well illustrated (including 20 color plates of Butler's paintings and many excellent reproductions of his original photographs), and is supported by thorough notes, bibliography, and index. A significant addition to the literature on Butler--notably P.M. Furbank, Samuel Butler, 1835-1902 (1948) and B. Willey, Darwin and Butler (1960)--to the broader fields of Victorian art, photography, scholarship and culture, and to the relationship between pictorial and literary creativity. Faculty and graduate students. -R. W. Liscombe, University of British Columbia
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