A Half-Century of Greatness: The Creative Imagination of by Frederic Ewen

By Frederic Ewen

Selection remarkable educational identify for 2008A Half-Century of Greatness paints a bright and dramatic photo of the inventive considered mid- to overdue 19th century Europe and the effect of the unsuccessful revolutions of 1848. It finds frequently unforeseen hyperlinks among novelists, poets, and philosophers from England, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine—especially Dickens, Carlyle, Mill, the Brontës, and George Eliot; Hegel, Strauss, Feuerbach, Marx, Engels, Wagner, and a number of other German poets; the Hungarian poet Sándor Petöfi; Gogol, Dostoevsky, Bakunin, and Herzen in Russia, and the nice Ukrainian poet Shevchenko. Ewen is going directly to hint the transition from Romanticism to Victorianism, or what he calls “the Victorian compromise”—the ascendancy of the center class.The publication was once reconstructed and edited via Dr. Jeffrey Wollock from Ewen’s ultimate manuscript. It comprises the author's personal reference citations all through, a reconstructed bibliography, and an up-to-date “further analyzing” list.This is Ewen’s final paintings, the long-lost spouse to his Heroic mind's eye. jointly, those books current a landscape of the social, political, and inventive elements of ecu Romanticism, specially foreshadowing and complementing fresh paintings at the relation of Marxism to romanticism. someone attracted to what Lukacs known as “Romantic anticapitalism,”; who appreciates such books as Marshall Berman's Adventures in Marxism or E.P. Thompson's The Romantics (1997), will locate Ewen’s paintings a welcome boost.

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The times were beckoning for significant speech and action. He was well aware of the sad economic plight of the Scottish farmer and worker. He had seen the inside of factories, and had been appalled. He had been amazed at the advances in technology—and affrighted at the sight of the workers. In 1824 he had visited Birmingham. I was one day thro’ the iron and coal works of this neighborhood—a half-frightful scene! A space perhaps 30 square miles to the north of us, covered with furnaces, rolling mills, steam-engines and sooty men.

5 2. “Utility” and “Happiness” There may be a strong presumption that any aristocracy monopolizing the powers of government would not possess intellectual power in any very high perfection. Intellectual powers are the offspring of labor, but a hereditary aristocracy are deprived of the strongest motives to labor. The great part of them, will therefore, be defective in those mental powers. —James Mill, “Essay on Government” 1814 The season of fictions is over. ” They were to become among the most formidable allies of the traditional party of “Whigs,” who considered themselves the heirs of the “bloodless” Revolution of 1688, and drew a great measure of their support from the nonconformist religious sects, as well as the commercial and manufacturing segments of society.

This is a far remove from Manchester or Birmingham, though it is likely that such primitivism would have appealed strongly to Carlyle. In the end, Wilhelm Meister dedicates himself to medicine and is thus enabled to save his own son’s life... ” For one of the most important aspects of “education,” so far as Wilhelm Meister himself and the other characters in the book are concerned, is the need for self-limitation—the development and nourishing of one’s particular aptitude or talent, as against self-dispersion and dilettantism; the supreme importance of that order of self-discipline that recognizes inner and outer organization as prerequisites of a creative life.

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