Writers & Artists Under English Skies

Book - 2015
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Writers and artists across the centuries, from Chaucer to Ian McEwan, and from the creator of the Luttrell Psalter in the 14th century to John Piper in the 20th, looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air, have felt very different things and woven them into their novels, poems and paintings. Alexandra Harriss subject is not the weather itself, but the weather as it is daily recreated in the human imagination. She builds her remarkable story from small evocative details and catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals: Bloody cold, says Jonathan Swift in the slobbery January of 1713; Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one...Weatherland is both a sweeping panorama of cultural climates on the move and a richly illustrated, intimate account for although weather, like culture, is vast, it is experienced physically, emotionally and spiritually; as Harris cleverly reveals, it is at the very core of what it means to be English.
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2015
ISBN: 9780500518113
Branch Call Number: 820.9 H2401W 2015
Characteristics: 432 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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May 05, 2016

For a combined weather, lit, and art fanatic, this book is a dream come true.

Mar 14, 2016

This is an understated premise in the history of culture. The English perceived and developed weather in the 19th century tradition of re-invention. The author finds few defining patterns (farming is an exception) before the 12th century. For academics, there's work here.

For others who are inspired by weather, art and literature or English culture, this is a wonderful exhibit of that ever present reality that creates our destiny.


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