Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism Year One
In Constellation of Genius, Kevin Jackson puts the titanic achievements of J ...more
1922 saw the publication of the two fundamental landmarks of Modernism - Ulysess and ...more
Easy and straightforward, Kevin Jackson illustrates his ...more
I suppose Will Self’s in the business of capturing things in prose; he's certainly captured what’s so ‘counterintuitive’ about Kevin Jackson’s Constellation of Genius, 1922: it’s an ‘insanely readable book about modernism,’ that artistic movement still synonymous for most readers with difficulty. Ezra Pound said a lot of things, and he once opined that 1922 was Year One of a new era—the old one having ended on 30 October 1921, when James Joyce wrote the last words of his magnum opus Ulysses (we’...more
Many important events happened in historical, cultural, and scientific
areas. It is an exciting compilation of the highlights of that year.
The Wasteland and Ulysses were both published; the BBC was founded;
Mussolini, Stalin, and Hitler were on the rise much to the world's
chagrin. The first Disney animation was produced and Albert Einstein
was awarded the Nobel in Physics. It is a fascinating excursion through
Too much hero-worship and some very dubious politics -- it seems the fascists aren't so bad, but all the communists are -- but ignoring that he gives a fine if necessarily shallow sweep of an era seen from the bastions of art and literature.
The only thing I didn't like was that they kept referring back to Joyce and Eliot whose lives in 1922 went that exciting to read about.