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LATE STYLE AND ITS DISCONTENTS: ESSAYS IN ART, LITERATURE AND MUSIC. Ed. by Gordon McMullan and Sam Smiles. Oxford University Press, 2016. 292 pp with 11 ills. (10 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2016-939408 ISBN 9780198704621 In English.
Publisher's description: "Late style" is a critical term routinely deployed to characterize the work of selected authors, composers, and creative artists as they enter their last phase of production -- often, but not only, in old age. Taken at face value, this terminology merely points to a chronological division in the artist's oeuvre, "late" being the antonym of "early" or the third term in the triad "early-middle-late." However, almost from its inception, the idea of late style or late work has been freighted with aesthetic associations and expectations that promote it as a special episode in the artist's creative life. Late style is often characterized as the imaginative response made by exceptional talents to the imminence of their death. In their confrontation with death creative artists, critics claim, produce work that is by turns a determination to continue while strength remains, a summation of their life's work and a radical vision of the essence of their craft. And because this creative phenomenon is understood as primarily an existential response to a common fate, so late style is understood as something that transcends the particularities of place, time and medium.
Indexing: Western, Europe, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media
Plans: 71,55
Worldwide Number: 175291
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