The Geography of the Imagination -- Guy Davenport

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Guy Davenport spent his life immersed in books while keeping correspondence with hundreds of notable artists and writers. The Geography of the Imagination distills Davenport’s fascination with the reappearance of symbols over time. The titular essay charts Edgar Allan Poe’s interest in interior design and tussles out details of the American Gothic—a painting we assume to know until Davenport reveals how its domestic familiarities extend back to archaic myth. These essays extend appreciation (and bookshelves) for the familiar—Joyce, Whitman, Marianne Moore—and those lost to time. The fun of reading Davenport comes from being with him through his unexpected discoveries. 

 

 

The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays Cover Image
By Guy Davenport (Essay by), Guy Davenport
$18.95
ISBN: 9781567920802
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - January 1981

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