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Grammars of Creation

George Steiner

Grammars of Creation by George Steiner brings the unparalleled acumen and erudition of the eminent critic to bear on many neglected questions – are great works of art, literature and music ‘creations’ or ‘inventions’? Does the mathematician ‘invent’ or ‘discover? – with a prose which is ‘unfailingly apt, luminous and evocative.’ (Guardian)

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571206421
Date Published
18.02.2002
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Summary

Are great works of art, literature and music ‘creations’ or ‘inventions’? Does the mathematician ‘invent’ or ‘discover’? Exploring an often neglected field, this book asks whether the current revolutions in our means of communication and in the biological sciences, may bring with them radical changes in the concept of individual creation and of poetic and philosophical invention. Are we returning to ancient anonymities and collectivities in aesthetic and intellectual experience? Are music and architecture now at the frontier where, as Plato would have it, truth and beauty meet? In Grammars of Creation the eminent critic George Steiner brings his unparalleled acumen and erudition to bear on these and other questions.

‘This is a mesmerising book . . . Expressed in prose that is unfailingly apt, luminous and evocative.’ Guardian

GeorgeSteiner

Born in Paris in 1929, George Steiner was educated in France, the USA and Britain. After a Rhodes Scholarship to Balliol, he joined the editorial staff of The Economist in 1952. In 1956 he was elected a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. There he wrote Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky (1960) and began The Death of Tragedy (1961).…

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