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In Ruins: A Journey Through History, Art, and Literature

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In this enchanting meditation on ruins, Christopher Woodward takes us on a thousand-year journey from the plains of Troy to the monuments of ancient Rome, from the crumbling palaces of Sicily, Cuba, and Zanzibar to the rubble of the London Blitz. With an exquisite sense of romantic melancholy, we encounter the teenage Byron in the moldering Newstead Abbey, Flaubert watching the buzzards on the pyramids, Henry James in the Colosseum, and Freud at Pompeii. We travel the Appian Way with Dickens and behold the Baths of Caracalla with Shelley. An exhilarating tour, at once elegant and stimulating, In Ruins casts an exalting spell as it explores the bewitching power of architectural remains and their persistent hold on the imagination.

About the Author

Christopher Woodward is the director of the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath, England, where he lives.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400030866
Subtitle:
A Journey Through History, Art, and Literature
Author:
Woodward, Christophe
Author:
Woodward, Christopher
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Subject:
history;architecture;ruins;art;art history;travel;archaeology;non-fiction;literature;decay
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20031014
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
42 BandW ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.02x5.22x.59 in. .60 lbs.

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