CHRISTOPHER CAUDWELL ILLUSION AND REALITY PDF

CHRISTOPHER CAUDWELL ILLUSION AND REALITY PDF

ILLUSION AND REALITY A STUDY OF THE SOURCES OF POETRY By CHRISTOPHER CAUDWELL CONTENTS BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE INTRODUCTION. This book contains Christopher Caudwell’s treatise, “Illusion and Reality”. It is a work of Marxist literary criticism that develops the idea that each individual. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Christopher

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Illusion and Reality by Christopher Caudwell. It is not easy reading.

Illusion and Reality by Christopher Caudwell

It is a book to be studied and annotated and returned to again and again. The reader will then find that, however often he takes it up, it will always give him fresh food for thought. The author, Christopher St. John Sprigg, was born in Putney on October 20, He was educated at the Benedictine school at Ealing. He left school at sixteen and a half and worked for three years as a reporter on the Yorkshire Observer. Then he returned to London and joined a realitg of aeronautical publishers, first as editor and later as a director.

He invented an infinitely variable rdality, the designs for which were published in the Automobile Engineer. They attracted a good deal of attention from experts. He published five textbooks on aero nautics, seven detective novels, and some poems and realiyt stories.

All this before he was twentyfive. It shows that lie had made a close study of psychology, but he had not yet succeeded in relating his knowledge to life. At the end of he had come across some of the Marxist classics, and the following summer he spent in Cornwall immersed in the works of Marx, Engcls, and Lenin, Shortly after his return to London he finished the first draft of Illusion and Reality.

Many of his Poplar comrades were dockers, almost aggressively proletarian, and a little suspicious at first of the,quiet, well spoken young man who wrote books for a living out before long he was accepted as one of themselves, doing his share of whatever had to be done.

A few months after joining the Party he went over to Paris to get a firsthand experience of the Popular Front and he came back with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Besides continuing to write novels for a living, he rewrote Illusion and Reality, completed.

He worked to the clock. After spending the day at his typewriter, he would leave the house at five and go out to the Branch caudwekl speak at an openair meeting, or sell the Daily Worker at the corner of Crisp Street Market.

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Meanwhile, the Spanish Civil War had broken out.

Illusion And Reality

The Poplar Branch threw itself into the campaign, with Caudwell as one of the leading spirits. By November they had raised enough money to buy an ambulance, and Caudwell was chosen to drive it across France. Paperbackpages. Published June 28th by International Publishers first published May 8th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Illusion and Realityplease sign up. Lists with This Book. 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. He brings insights from various psychological theories, especially Freud and Jung of whom he is extremely criticaland The story behind this book is perhaps more interesting than the book itself.

He brings insights from various psychological christophfr, especially Freud and Jung of whom he is extremely criticaland the perspective of his hyper-Marxist political philosophy to bear upon the origins of and social role of poetry.

If you can keep an open mind, his analysis will offer new ways to think anf poetry–its process and importance–but you will have to be patient as you wade iklusion the polemics. The poet has to take care that the reader’s mind does not go out behind the words into the external reality they describe before receiving the affects. On the last page: 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. Th A masterpiece, and the kind of comprehensive work that can’t even be attempted today. The idea that only a certain type of increasingly rarefied expertise permits you to read or write literary theory is completely given the lie by this book.

Caudwell, as did many Marxists of his generation, foresaw the imminent end of capitalism, and that is his only fundamental mistake that, and perhaps the industrialist vision that our relationship with Nature is necessarily one of struggle, rather than collaboration. His analysis of the sterility and factitiousness of late bourgeois culture is still dead on.

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