Ruins and Empire: The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature
Ruins and Empire: The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature
Ruins and Empire: The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature

Ruins and Empire: The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature

ISBN: 0822933454
Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1977. First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed & signed by Laurence Goldstein to James Perrizo. "One of the most common scenes in Augustan and Romantic literature is that of a writer confronting some emblem of change and loss, most often the remains of a vanished civilization or a desolate natural landscape. In his mourning he anticipates the ruin of a worldly place to which he owes a present loyalty: a home, a rural wood, a village, a metropolis, an empire. Ruins and Empire is the first study to trace the ruins sentiment from its earliest classical and Renaissance expressions through English literature to its establishment as a dominant theme of early American art." (from prospectus) A work of deep literary scholarship by Laurence Goldstein, Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan here in our home base of Ann Arbor; long-time Emeritus Editor of UM's prestigious journal, The Michigan Quarterly; & an esteemed, prodigious author & poet. First edition, hardcover issued without dust jacket (often then & sometimes still the case with university presses). On the short title page, Goldstein has hand-inscribed & signed: "For Jim Perrizo,/ with hopes that/ he'll enjoy this/ somber study of/ melancholy themes./ with all best wishes,/ (signed) Laurence Goldstein." James Perrizo (1944-2006), to whom Goldstein inscribed & signed this volume, was a noted collector & scholar who once served as the assistant to Edie Parker, Jack Kerouac's first wife. We find it sadly interesting, & in keeping with the theme of this work, that judging from Perrizo's correspondence which we have read & what we've learned about him, he was indeed a bedeviled & haunted soul. Also included is a handsomely produced publisher's prospectus, loose single sheet with printing on recto. A work of significant scholarship, & a very desirable Goldstein collectible with ironically appropriate provenance. Book in very fine condition with only a tiny bit of outward warpage to front & back cover boards; miniscule amount of wear at edges & corners of same & spine; a few tiny spots to side edge of text block. Interior very fine, substantially mint. Prospectus in very fine condition with only thin vertical line of faint curve-creasing at left edge, from being placed at spine-edge. Very Fine. [Item #3181]

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