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Cities of Light and Sons of the Morning: A Cultural Psychology For an Age of Revolution
Cities of Light and Sons of the Morning A Cultural Psychology For an Age of Revolution Author:Martin Burgess Green Autobiographical reflections and explanations: an introduction — Norman Mailer and the city of New York: Faustian radicalism — Radical London in the 1790s — Conservative Weimar: an apolitical Kulturstadt — Liberal Edinburgh: a golden age of culture — American literature 1780-1820: the god who neglected to come — Other cities, — Other ages, — Other revol... more »utions
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A brilliant unorthodox critic, Martin Green has long been fascinated by the relationship between the creative urge and the particular milieu - political, cultural, historical - in which individual genius is formed and made articulate. In Cities of Light and Sons of the Morning he examines this relationship, exploring three primary types of artistic temperament - Faustian, Erasmian and Calvinist - and describing the unique effects of each mode upon centers of artistic and political power, especially in revolutionary times.
Green examines Norman Mailer and radical New York; London in William Blake's time; the conservative Weimar of Goethe, Schiller and Thomas Mann; liberal Edinburgh and "a golden age of culture"; American literature of 1780-1820 out of Hartford, Philadelphia, New York and Boston; and Cuban culture in Havana today. Concurrently he describes his own efforts to find a place to stand, as a literary man, in a time of radical necessities.
The result is an original and challenging work that brings an enormous breadth of learning to bear upon our understanding of revolution, literary art and the nature of the creative act.« less