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Illusion and Reality

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ILLUSION AND REALITY A STUDY OF THE SOURCES OF POETRY By CHRISTOPHER CAUDWELL CONTENTS BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE INTRODUCTION THE BIRTH OF POETRY THE DEATH OF MYTHOLOGY THE INVOLVMENT OF MODERN POETRY ENGLISH POETS: I PRIMITIVE ACCUMULATION II THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION III DECLINE OF CAPITALISM THE WORLD THE PHANTASY POETRYS DREAMWORK THE ARTS THE FUTURE OF POETRY..... ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published June 28th 1973 by International Publishers (first published May 8th 1973)
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Brian
Oct 31, 2015 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story behind this book is perhaps more interesting than the book itself. It was published posthumously under the pseudonym used by the author, whose actual name was Christoper St. John Sprigg, and who died fighting in the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. Caudwell/Sprigg was a staunch communist, who was widely read, especially in the field of psychology. He brings insights from various psychological theories, especially Freud and Jung (of whom he is extremely critical), and ...more
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Oct 31, 2015 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A masterpiece, and the kind of comprehensive work that can't even be attempted today. A social anthropology of poetics, by a young British Marxist, clearly a genius, who died at 29 fighting in the Spanish Civil War. The fundamental insight, that poetry, like all communication, derives from our social nature, is used to build a theory of poetics that is rational, dialectical and beautiful--and may even be true. But Caudwell has found no place in the US academy that I know of, which is a shame. ...more
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Mar 12, 2015 sologdin rated it it was ok
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a bit vulgar, perhaps, in its facile deployment of base/superstructure metaphor, and in its Freudian assumptions. author died fighting fascists in the Spanish civil war, which personal sacrifice made him something of a rockstar despite perhaps an implicit Stalinism.
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Christopher Caudwell is the pseudonym of Christopher St. John Sprigg a British Marxist writer, thinker and poet.

He was born into a Roman Catholic family, resident at 53 Montserrat Road, Putney. He was educated at the Benedictine Ealing Priory School, but left school at the age of 15 after his father, Stanhope Sprigg, lost his job as literary editor of the Daily Express. Caudwell moved with his fat
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