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Wyndham Lewis: Self Condemned
“the most fascinating personality of our time...
the most distinguished living novelist” — T. S. Eliot
“the only English writer, who can be compared to
Dostoevsky” — Ezra Pound
Wyndham Lewis:
Self Condemned
Afterword by Rowland Smith
Illustrations by Wyndham Lewis
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This work, concerning his desperate years marooned in Toronto during World War II, where Lewis, intensely homesick for London, finally came to terms with himself both as a man and as an artist, is considered by most critics to be one of Lewis’s greatest novels. It is the author’s most "human" book, a testament of compassion, torment and understanding. The protagonist, René Harding, a professor living in exile with his wife in a small decaying hotel, is surrounded by a world of turmoil. His heroic struggle to retain his dignity, humor and sanity in the face of spiritual and physical privation represents the struggle of the modern intelligence to survive.
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Lewis: Self Condemned Lewis: Self Condemned
This new edition is illustrated with drawings Lewis executed in Toronto during the war. Professor Rowland Smith of Dalhousie University provides an informative Afterword, and the edition also presents in an appendix a surprising alternative ending prepared by Lewis but never before published. In the conclusion of this version of Self Condemned René and Hester return to the gloomy postwar London, where the despondent Hester commits suicide and René sinks into fatalistic stagnation.

440 pages, Cloth Trade: 6 1/2'' x 9 1/2'' (160 x 240 mm)
24 b/w illustrations illustrations, English
ISBN-13: 978-0-87685-576-8  
ISBN-10: 0-87685-576-1      $ 25.00
About the Editor:
Rowland Smith was born in Johannesburg and educated in South Africa and at Oxford. Since 1967 he has lived in Canada. He taught at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he was assistant editor of English Studies in Africa, before moving to Nova Scotia. He is chairman of the English Department of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has been Director of the Centre for African Studies.
In addition to many articles on modern literature, his publications include Lyric and Polemic: The Literary Personality of Roy Campbell (1972) and (as editor) Exile and Tradition: Studies in African and Caribbean Literature (1976).
Book design by Barbara Martin
About the Author:
Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)
Percy Wyndham Lewis
(1882-1957) was a novelist, painter, es­say­ist, poet, critic, polemicist and one of the truly dynamic forces in literature and art in the twentieth century. He was the founder of Vorticism, the only original movement in 20th century English painting.
He is the author of Tarr (1918), The Lion and the Fox (1927), Time and Western Man (1927, 1993), The Apes of God (1930), The Revenge for Love (1937), and Self Condemned (1954).
Wyndham Lewis was ranked highly by his important contemporaries.
See also:

Wyndham Lewis: Rude Assignment
Wyndham Lewis: Rude Assignment
This is the impassioned intellectual autobiography and ‘apologia pro vita sua’ of a maverick genius whose very “unclubbability” as artist and critic hindered its circulation — and even its publication — at the time it was written. more...

Volcanic Heaven: Essays on Wyndham Lewis’s Painting & Writing
Volcanic Heaven: Essays
“An explosive force” is what Lewis required the artist to be. In his 1937 autobiography Blasting and Bom­bardier­ing he recalled the shock­waves stirred by the impact of BLAST upon an unsuspecting culture: But a bomb explodes only once, while a volcano keeps erupting. more...
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