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Wyndham Lewis: The Caliph’s Design
“the most fascinating personality of our time...
the most distinguished living novelist” — T. S. Eliot
“the only English writer, who can be compared to
Dostoevsky” — Ezra Pound
Wyndham Lewis:
The Caliph’s Design
Edited by Paul Edwards
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Wyndham Lewis has been called the most neglected great British artist, but Lewis’s art criticism has been even more neglected than his own art. In this series of succinct, barbed essays, first published in 1919 and long out of print, he mounts an energetic defense of modern art — and attacks those distortions of it perpetrated by what he calls “art parasites.”
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Ever the enemy of dilettantism, Lewis separates true creativity from fakery. Witty demolitions of the English aesthetes, Roger Fry and the Omega workshop, are his main order of business; he also dismisses most faux-Naif paintings as “the infantile swank of the deformed,” and mocks the Futurist artist, who behaves “like a religious fanatic about a sausage machine or a locomotive.” Cézanne, the “lonely source” of what Lewis admires in modern art, has been sadly superseded, in his view, by eclectic “performers,” Picasso-imitators who change styles like overcoats.

In this brilliant analysis of the pendulum swings of Fashion in the art world, as relevant today as when it was written, Lewis advocates a high standard for the modern artist to live up to:

How we ‘need’ and can use this freedom that we have is to invent a mode that will answer to the great mass sensibility of our time. We want to construct hardily and profoundly without a hard-dying autocratic convention to dog us and interfere with our proceedings. But we want ‘one’ mode, for there ‘is’ only one mode for any one time, and all the other modes are for other times. Except as objects of technical interest and indirect stimulus, they have nothing to do with us. And it is not on the sensibility of the amateur, which is always corrupted, weak, and at the mercy of any wind that blows, that the painter should wish to build...
188 pages, Paperback, 6'' x 9'' (150 x 230 mm)
22 b/w illustrations, English
ISBN-13: 978-0-87685-664-2  
ISBN-10: 0-87685-664-4      $ 12.50
About the Editor:
Paul Edwards was born in Colchester, England, in 1950. He attended Cambridge University, and later studied the work of Wyndham Lewis at the universities of Birming­ham and London. He has been the editor of Enemy News, the Journal of the Wyndham Lewis Society.
Mr. Edwards lives in Cambridge, Eng­land. He is a senior lecturer in Eng­lish at Bath Spa University College.
Book design by Barbara Martin
About the Author:
Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)
Percy Wyndham Lewis
(1882-1957) was a novelist, painter, es­say­ist, poet, critic, polemicist and one of the truly dynamic forces in literature and art in the twentieth century. He was the founder of Vorticism, the only original movement in 20th century English painting.
He is the author of Tarr (1918), The Lion and the Fox (1927), Time and Western Man (1927, 1993), The Apes of God (1930), The Revenge for Love (1937), and Self Condemned (1954).
Wyndham Lewis was ranked highly by his important contemporaries.
See also:

Wyndham Lewis: Rotting Hill
Wyndham Lewis: Rotting Hill
Lewis demolishes in a brilliant satiric fusillade everything he doesn’t like about the brave new world they all live in: the war debt, food shortages, inefficient National Health services, shoddy man­u­fac­tured goods, mediocre art, de-humanized education and the moribund Anglican church. more...

Volcanic Heaven: The Vulgar Streak
Wyndham Lewis: Vulgar Streak
Laden with ironic commentary on modern history and the English social system, The Vulgar Streak (first pub­lished 1941) is a dark, gripping, swift-moving novel of ideas. more...
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