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By Tom Phillips

A Humument

A Treated Victorian Novel 4th Revised edition

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Humument by Tom Phillips

Book Description

In the mid-1960s, Tom Phillips took a forgotten nineteenth-century novel, W. H. Mallock's A Human Document, and began cutting and pasting the extant text to create something new. The artist writes, 'I plundered, mined and undermined its text to make it yield the ghosts of other possible stories, scenes, poems, erotic incidents and surrealist catastrophes which seemed to lurk within its wall of words. As I worked on it, I replaced the text I'd stripped away with visual images of all kinds. I began to tell and depict, among other memories, dreams and reflections, the sad story of Bill Toge, one of love's casualties.' After its first publication in book form in 1980, A Humument rapidly became a cult classic. This new fourth edition follows its predecessors by incorporating revisions and re-workings -- over half the pages in the 1980 edition are replaced by new versions -- and celebrates an artistic enterprise that is nearly forty years old and still actively a work in progress.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780500285510
ISBN-10: 0500285519
Format: Paperback
(175mm x 125mm x 36mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Tom Phillips

Humument by Tom Phillips Humument, Hardback (October 2016)

In 1966 the artist Tom Phillips discovered A Human Document (1892), an obscure Victorian romance by W H Mallock, and set himself the task of altering every page, by painting, collage or cut-up techniques, to create an entirely new version. This 50th anniversary edition presents an entirely new and complete version of A Humument.

Pindar's Library by Tom Phillips Pindar's Library, Hardback (December 2015)

Pindar's Library is the first volume to analyse the role played by Pindar's literary, cultic, and scholarly reception in affecting readers' engagement with his poetry, considering the continuities between reading and attending performances, and highlighting elements of readers' experiences which were distinctive to Hellenistic culture.

Tinder Fails by Tom Phillips Tinder Fails, Paperback (December 2014)

What happens when Tinder chats go wrong ... As featured on BuzzFeed

Fantasy Travel by Tom Phillips Fantasy Travel, Hardback (September 2012)

Fantasy Travel shows people sitting proudly and playfully in studio mock-ups of aeroplanes, cars, speedboats and hot air balloons. Such modes of transport were beyond the dreams of the average person in the early twentieth century but the photographic studios allowed them to indulge wild flights of fancy and take away the resulting postcards.

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Author Biography - Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips RA has worked widely in many media. Among his previous books is The Postcard Century, published by Thames & Hudson in 2000.

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