Wyndham Lewis

Wyndham Lewis (Percy Wyndham Lewis) (wĬn´dəm), 1886–1957, English author and painter, born on a ship on the Bay of Fundy. With Ezra Pound, he was cofounder and editor of Blast (1914–15), a magazine connected with vorticism. Lewis's paintings, however, were not limited to the cubism of the vorticists; he produced many conventional works that gained him critical recognition. His paintings are in several museums, including the Tate Gallery, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. As an author, he is noted for his iconoclastic, quasi-philosophical novels and essays. Among his most important nonfiction works are The Art of Being Ruled (1926), Time and Western Man (1927), and The Writer and the Absolute (1952). His finest novels are generally judged to be The Revenge for Love (1937) and Self Condemned (1954), but also of interest are The Childermass (1928; rev. and continued as The Human Age, 1955–56) and The Apes of God (1930). Blasting and Bombardiering (1937) and Rude Assignment (1950) are autobiographical.

See his letters, ed. by W. K. Rose (1964); P. Edwards, Wyndham Lewis: Painter and Writer (2000); studies by T. Materer (1976), F. Jameson (1979), J. Meyers (1980), and S. E. Campbell (1988).

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Wyndham Lewis: Selected full-text books and articles

Wyndham Lewis By Hugh Kenner New Directions Books, 1954
Aesthetics, Politics and the Staging of the World: Wyndham Lewis and the Renaissance By Stockton, Sharon Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 42, No. 4, Winter 1996
Marketing Insults: Wyndham Lewis and the Arthur Press By Perrino, Mark Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 41, No. 1, Spring 1995
Solid Objects: Modernism and the Test of Production By Douglas Mao Princeton University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Wyndham Lewis"
Terrorism and Modern Literature, from Joseph Conrad to Ciaran Carson By Alex Houen Oxford University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Wyndham Lewis: Literary 'Strikes' and Allegorical Assaults"
Modernism and the Theater of Censorship By Adam Parkes Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Includes information on Wyndham Lewis in "Obscenity and Nonreproductive Sexuality: Ulysses and the Little Review Trial"
The Little Review Anthology By Margaret Anderson Hermitage House, 1953
Librarian’s tip: Includes Wyndham Lewis's "Cantelman's Spring-Mate"
"This Implacable Doctrine": Behaviorism in Wyndham Lewis's Snooty Baronet By Stanfield, Paul Scott Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 47, No. 2, Summer 2001
War Paint By Feaver, William New Statesman (1996), Vol. 129, No. 4514, November 27, 2000
A Dictionary of Modern Painting By Carlton Lake; Robert Maillard Tudor Publishing, 1956
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