Originally published in 1969, this project had Wyndham Lewis’ personal approval and is a comprehensive anthology of his prose writings, especially those which are difficult to access. There are extracts from some of Wyndham Lewis’ remarkable books such as Paleface, The Art of Being Ruled and Men Without Art. Lesser known works such as Filibusters in Barbary, The Diabolical Principle and The Dithyrambic Spectator, Blasting and Bombardiering, and Rude Assignment, are freely drawn upon and there is a section devoted to writings on the USA, a country which Lewis knew well.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. Sociological and Philosophical Writings 2. Writings on Literature and the Arts 3. Autobiographical Writings 4. Travel 5. America. Epilogue: On His Blindness.
E. W. F. Tomlin was a British essayist and friend of Wyndham Lewis.
‘It is, I believe, the best book of its kind… in this book Mr. Rose has shown that the editing of letters can be regarded as one of the fine arts: His running commentary and annotations have the authority of a freshly documented biography.’ Horace Gregory, The New York Times.
'The Letters... nail Lewis down as a brilliant, touchy Welshman with a splendid power of invective and insulting laughter…and give us a blurred view of his originality as an artist and of his glamour as a conspiratorial figure in literary and painting circles. ' V.S. Pritchett, New York Review of Books.