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By Nicholas Freeman

Conceiving the City is an cutting edge research of the ways that a new release of late-Victorian novelists, poets, painters, and theoreticians tried to symbolize London in literature and paintings. Breaking clear of the language and magnificence of Dickens and the static landscape work of William Powell Frith, significant figures resembling Henry James and J. M. Whistler, and, crucially, less-celebrated authors comparable to Arthur Machen, Edwin Pugh, and George Egerton bent realism into fascinating new shapes. within the naturalism of George Gissing and Arthur Morrison, the fragmentary impressions of Ford Madox Ford, and the brooding secret of Alvin Langdon Coburn's photogravures, London emerged as a spotlight for dynamic, explicitly sleek artwork. even if lots of those insights will be brushed off or no less than downplayed via next generations, the information advanced in the course of the interval from 1870 to 1914 expect not just the paintings of excessive modernists resembling Eliot and Woolf, but additionally that of later city theorists reminiscent of Foucault and de Certeau, and the novels and travelogues of latest London writers Peter Ackroyd and Iain Sinclair. Nicholas Freeman recovers a feeling of late-Victorian London as a subject matter for dynamic theoretical and aesthetic experiments, and exhibits, in stimulating analyses of Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, Arthur Symons, and others how a lot of our figuring out of city house we owe to eminent (and now not so eminent) Victorian figures. Written in a transparent and available variety, the publication restores a much-needed ancient standpoint to our engagement with the metropolis.

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