- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (31 July 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140446745
- ISBN-13: 978-0140446746
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 31 Jul 1997
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"The best book of writing on art I have read." -- The Week --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
That Vincent van Gogh was one of the greatest painters in the history of European art is now generally accepted. That he was a man of high intelligence and tender affections these letters abundantly establish. By their directness and humility they bring us an intimate understanding of genius. To anyone interested in painting or in the mind of a creative artist they are indispensable.
But what makes them of supreme importance is their fascination for people who have, in the ordinary way, no particular interest in the arts. It is the human spirit, not fame of the artist, that is the secret of their perennial attraction.
This selection by Professor Mark Roskill, who contributes an introduction and notes, also includes the memoir of van Gogh written by his sister-in-law.
The cover shows van Gogh's portrait of his friend the postman Roulin, 'a man who is neither embittered, nor sad, nor perfect, nor happy, nor always irreproachably right. But such a good soul and so wise and so full of feeling and so trustful.'--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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I expected much better from Penguin Books.
Don't get me wrong, the content of the actual published book (as in the paperback) is excellent, but the proof-reading on the current Kindle edition is awful. The text has quite obviously been put through an optical reader with nobody at the other end bothering to check its output. I have free Kindle editions of books which are better proof-read than this one.
Letter headings appear in the middle of a text thus disprupting the flow, words appear with figures inserted instead of letters, and the formatting of paragraphs is confusing: This happens often. More insulting still is that the reader is not only expected to put up with this but to pay for it too.
Needless to say I have returned this edition for a refund.
Penguin should look to correct this problem as quickly as possible as this attitude does not help their reputation as a quality publisher, nor does it do the Kindle brand any favours.
The Van Gogh student on a budget would be better off getting hold of a second-hand paperback, as quoting from this Kindle edition would be hazardous to say the least.
Ronald de Leeuw's choice of letters paint a tableau (if I may express myself with those words) not only of Vincent, The Man, but also of Vincent, the Artist. I would say that only by reading all of Vincent's letters (these can be found on a website created by the Van Gogh Museum) would one understand Vincent more thoroughly. Understand his art - and understand his troubled mind - more thoroughly,.
I do though have a criticism of Mr. De Leeuw's book, of his choice of letters. He skips around the fact that both Vincent and Theo had suffered from syphillis. That it had, in fact, carried Theo off. He also skips around the fact of Vincent's relationships with prostitutes, and how he had always fallen in love with the most unsuitable women whom he then persued even after they had told him that they were not interested.
Also, anyone who has knowledge of Vincent's life from biographies, will know that he had very little support from his family, and that even Theo, had at times found it hard to be in his company, found him difficult to live with. From reading this volume of letters, and someone who does not know much about Vincent, will believe that he had a most supportive family. I therefore think that it is a pity that Mr De Leeuw did not also include letters in this volume which show that he was very much a loner without his family's understanding and support.
I do recommend this book to all interested in Vincent
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