Stephen Spender : A Life in Modernism

Author(s): David A. Leeming

Literary biography

The first critical biography of one of the twentieth century's towering literary figures.Stephen Spender was a minor poet, but a major cultural influence during much of the century. Literary critic, journalist, art critic, social commentator, and friendend of the best-known cultural figures of the modernist and postmodernist periods (Yeats, Woolf, Sartre, Auden, Eliot, Isherwood, Hughes, Brodsky, Ginsberg-a "who's who" of contemporary literature). Spender's writing recorded and distilled the emotional turbulence of many of the century's defining moments: the Spanish Civil War; the rise and fall of Marxism and Nazism; World War II; the human rights struggle after the war; the Vietnam protest, the Cold War, and the 1960s sexual revolution; the rise of America as a cultural and political force. As David Leeming's fascinating biography demonstrates, Stephen Spender's life reflected the complexity and flux of the century in which he lived: his sexual ambivalence, his famous friends, the free-love days in Germany between the wars, the CIA-Encounter scandal. In David Leeming's capable hands, this comprehensive, unauthorized study of Spender is a meditation on modernity itself.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780805042498
  • : Henry Holt & Company
  • : Henry Holt & Company
  • : November 1999
  • : 1.105 Inches X 6.2 Inches X 9.54 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David A. Leeming
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 320