A Journey through History, Art, and Literature
By (author) Christopher Woodward
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In Ruins by Christopher Woodward
Book DescriptionIn 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781400030866
(204mm x 133mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
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Guide to the Architecture of London, Paperback (July 2013)
'The definitive guide to London's architecture' INDEPENDENT Fully updated for this edition.
English Garden at Night, Hardback (April 2010)
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In Ruins, Paperback (October 2002)» View all books by Christopher Woodward
Why are we so fascinated by ruins? Woodward looks back to the start of the cult in the 18th century, when follies were built in English landscape gardens. He examines Nazi fantasies, the shattered Statue of Liberty in the film "Planet of the Apes" and the Chelsea Flower Show's "Millennium Ruin".
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Author Biography - Christopher Woodward
Christopher Woodward is the director of the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath, England, where he lives.
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