Somehow A Past: The Autobiography of Marsden Hartley.
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A Fine tight unread copy in illustrated boards without dust jacket as issued. Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) is best known as an American modernist and pioneering artist of the early twentieth century. But he was also a prolific writer who published dozens of essays and reviews and several volumes of poetry and prose. This autobiographical account of his life is the most revealing document he left about his personal life and relationships -- both for its disclosures and omissions -- but has never been published before.Transcribed from Hartley' s own handwritten manuscripts, this edition is accompanied by photographs (some never before published), notes, and an introduction discussing Hartley' s fascination with autobiography in the context of his struggle with notions of self-representation in art. Editor Susan Ryan describes the circumstances surrounding the composition of Somehow a Past, and explains the distinctions between this original version and two later ones also in the Beinecke Library. Somehow a Past is compelling both as historical document and as personal narrative. Although solitary, self-involved, and saturnine, Hartley nevertheless knew nearly every figure of the international avant-garde in his day and unfolds his life largely through a chain of personal encounters. His traffic with such major literary and artistic figures as Alfred Stieglitz, Vasili Kandinski, Gertrude Stein, Mabel Dodge, Eugene O' Neill, Robert McAlmon, and Charles Demuth is recorded as are his travels both domestic and foreign. Somehow a Past is gossipy, discursive, and self-distanced. Bookseller Inventory # 24390
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Review: "As a writer, Hartley renders his life and the circumstances of his work with an often overblown drama, but it is precisely this drama that mirrors the physic mood underlying his character and, consequently, much of his art. While biographical information exists elsewhere, Hartley's own recounting of his story offers illuminations that transcend the factual. By making this self-view available to more than a handful of scholars, this book will enrich the field of early 20th century art history."--Barbara Haskell, Curator, Painting and Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art
Title: Somehow A Past: The Autobiography of Marsden...
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge
Publication Date: 1997
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.
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