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Author Carey, John, 1934-

Title The intellectuals and the masses : pride and prejudice among the literary intelligentsia, 1880-1939 / John Carey.

Imprint New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  820.900912 C188i 1993    ---  Available
Description 246 p. ; 22 cm.
Note "This scathing critique argues that modernist literature and art arose as a reaction against popular culture and the mass reading public created by late 19th-century educational reforms. Oxford Enlgish professor Carey shows how intellectuals like D. H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound, W. B. Yeats, Knut Hamsun, George Gissing and Wyndham Lewis scorned 'the masses' as vulgar and trivial while exalting the artist as a natural aristocrat and transmitter of timeless values. T. S. Eliot predicted that the spread of education would lead to barbarism. Charles Baudelaire condemned photography as a distraction for the 'vile multitude,' while other intellectuals expressed contempt for newspapers and popular entertainments. H. G. Wells proposed measures to restrict parenthood as a means to curb the 'black and brown races' whom he considered inferior to whites. Carey's razor-sharp analysis is an antidote to snobbery and class prejudice in all forms."--Reed Business Information, Inc.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
Subject English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Criticism -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Criticism -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Canon (Literature)
ISBN 0312098332 : $19.95
Standard No. YDXCP 185719
NZ1 1162968
AU@ 000010337483

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