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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840466715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840466713
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Duncan Heath is Editorial Director of Icon Books. Judy Boreham is an acclaimed graphic artist. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The word "Romantic" derives from the Old French romanz, meaning the vernacular "romance" languages that developed from Latin - Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Provençal. Read the first page
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
I hadn't realised there were so many strands within Romanticism. Over fifty years of the greatest music, art, philosophy, literature and even science, that the Western world has produced can be found within these pages. So adept is the author at distilling the important information that not once did the book seem to sell its subjects short. I was absolutely absorbed. This was my first Introducing book but if the high standard set by this book is met by the others, I'll certainly be buying many more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2011
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Tate Britain had a "two for the price of one" offer on a tall, well-stacked revolving tempter, so I selected the Enlightenment (the one I wanted) followed by Romanticism. Both were secreted up to the counter, paid for quickly and slipped promptly into the Billingham. (One does not want to be seen with "Guides to ... when one should be reading "The Roots Of Romanticism" by Isaiah Berlin or "Romanticism" (Cambridge Contexts in Literature) by David Stevens.)

Having finished the "Enlightenment", I later turned to this book; now used to this interesting series, it was great fun, every page full of b/w illustrations to clarify the text in some unusual, graphic way. Obviously it does not go into great detail but it does deal effectively with the movement with a broad-brush approach.

With its roots in the Enlightenment, "the word 'romantic' derives from Old French 'romanz' meaning the vernacular 'romance' languages that developed from Latin ... Medieval romances are fanciful, heroic, extravagant tales." The first sentences gets down to immediate issues.

Samuel Johnson, Diderot, Jane Austen, Thomas Paine, Thomas Gray, Rousseau, Edmund Burke, Wordsworth, Coleridge and so on; the list seems endless. From the French Revolution in 1789 to the Communist Manifesto of 1884 is the period of Romanticism, ending "with Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) as its doomed Byron" (P 171), the books covers a vast intellectual arena in a very enjoyable way.
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I too was worried that this book would not meet my needs after reading other reviews. However, I have found it extremely useful and informative.

It covers a lot of ground and gets progressively harder. It is highly accessible for anyone new to Romanticism and provides an excellent foundation for study in this area. The drawings are fun and help to illustrate the points.

Don't be put off by the format. If you want a firm introduction to Romanticism without too much heavy text, buy this book.
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By Onora on 15 Feb. 2012
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This book covers the period of history between and including the French Revolution and the Communist Manifesto. Romanticism is often referred to as 'the problem child' of Enlightenment. I enjoyed it. It covers cultural awareness, literature, art history, philosophy and so on. It's simplistic with a wealth of information. It's approachable enough to be read on the beach!Highly recommended.
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Good overview on the topic of Romanticism from a historical perspective, involving different strands of thoughts and beliefs from key figures associated with the Romantic movement in Britain and Europe in the late 18c and early 19c.
A complex subject made readily accessible through the reading of this book.
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