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By Robert M. Crunden

In American Salons, Robert Crunden presents a sweeping account of the yankee stumble upon with ecu Modernism as much as the yankee access into international conflict I. Crunden starts with deft graphics of the figures who have been valuable to the delivery of Modernism, together with James Whistler, the eccentric expatriate American painter who turned the archetypal artist in his gown and behaviour, and Henry and William James, who broke new floor within the style of the unconventional and in psychology, influencing a world viewers in a huge diversity of fields. on the center of the publication are the yank salons--the intimate, own gatherings of artists and intellectuals the place Modernism flourished. In Chicago, Floyd Dell and Margery Currey unfold new rules to Sherwood Anderson, Theodore Dreiser, and others. In London, Ezra Pound may be stumbled on in the back of every thing from the cigars of W. B. Yeats to the prose of Ford Madox Hueffer. In Paris, the salons of Leo and Gertrude Stein, and Michael and Sarah Stein, gave Picasso and Matisse their first safe audiences and earning; in the meantime, Gertrude Stein produced a brand new writing sort that had an incalculable effect at the iteration of Ernest Hemingway. most vital of all have been the salons of latest York urban. Alfred Stieglitz pioneered new kinds of images on the well-known 291 Gallery. Mabel stay away from introduced jointly modernist playwrights and painters, introducing them to political reformers and radicals. on the salon of Walter and Louise Arensberg, Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia rubbed shoulders with Wallace Stevens, guy Ray, and William Carlos Williams. via 1917, no artwork in the USA remained untouched by way of those new associations. From the journalism of H. L. Mencken to the well-known 1913 Armory express in long island, Crunden illuminates this pivotal period, delivering perceptive insights and evocative descriptions of the valuable personalities of Modernism.

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James was soon so favorably disposed to Whistler's art that he could exclaim in print about the stupidity of public taste that did not "recognize in Mr. " The book which occasioned the most important contact between Whistler and James was The Spoils ofPoynton. When James had sent him a copy and Whistler's reaction had been all that he could ask, James responded with a classic example of the shock of recognition, one artist suddenly knowing that another understood. "39 Of all the cultural figures whose lives Whistler shaped, often unknowingly, Ezra Pound was the most significant.

He fathered thirteen children by three wives and appeared happy and successful. Yet his life must have seemed in some ways a mockery. His children died young or showed an alarming tendency to avoid business responsibilities. The fortune he had accumulated proved to be a mixed blessing. He could use it to manipulate his children's lives when they were young, but time was on their side and they all seemed to know it. , was the son of William and his third wife, Catherine Barber, and in time the father of both William James and his novelist brother, Henry, Jr.

40 William James 29 If Whistler taught aspiring artists how to behave in such a way as to distance themselves from American culture, William James gave them words and concepts to express themselves. Having grown up in a family that was an incubator of neuroses, James managed the difficult task of converting personal misery into scientific theory. He became a cosmopolitan committed to the study of consciousness, a central concern to young modernists not only in itself but in such related areas as the unconscious and the supernormal.

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