SeriesFontana Modern Masters

55 Works Popularity 2,732 (3,170 Members) 5,660 Books 37 Reviews 3.5
Camus by Conor Cruise O'Brien 105 copies1
Chomsky by John Lyons 392 copies, 1 review2
Fanon by David Caute 68 copies3
Guevara by Andrew Sinclair 67 copies4
Lévi-Strauss by Edmund Leach 297 copies, 3 reviews5
Lukács by George Lichtheim 90 copies, 2 reviews6
Marcuse by Alasdair MacIntyre 137 copies, 1 review7
McLuhan by Jonathan Miller 94 copies8
Orwell by Raymond Williams 103 copies, 1 review9
Wittgenstein by David Pears 280 copies, 2 reviews10
Joyce by John Gross 73 copies11
Freud by Richard Wollheim 150 copies, 3 reviews12
Reich by Charles Rycroft 60 copies13
Yeats by Denis Donoghue 70 copies14
Gandhi by George Woodcock 44 copies15
Lenin by Robert Conquest 58 copies16
Mailer by Richard Poirier 24 copies17
Russell by A. J. Ayer 158 copies18
Jung by Anthony Storr 137 copies, 2 reviews19
Lawrence by Frank Kermode 55 copies20
Beckett by A. Alvarez 75 copies21
Einstein by Jeremy Bernstein 131 copies22
Laing by Edgar Z. Friedenberg 46 copies23
Popper by Bryan Magee 316 copies, 3 reviews24
Kafka by Erich Heller 68 copies25
Le Corbusier by Stephen Gardiner 49 copies26
Proust by Roger Shattuck 97 copies27
Weber by Donald Gunn MacRae 55 copies28
Eliot by Stephen Spender 83 copies, 1 review29
Marx by David McLellan 186 copies, 3 reviews30
Pound by Donald Davie 22 copies, 1 review31
Sartre by Arthur C. Danto 70 copies, 1 review32
Artaud by Martin Esslin 49 copies, 1 review33
Keynes by Donald E. Moggridge 36 copies34
Saussure by Jonathan D. Culler 177 copies35
Schoenberg by Charles Rosen 112 copies36
Engels by David McLellan 47 copies37
Gramsci by James Joll 68 copies38
Durkheim by Anthony Giddens 50 copies, 1 review39
Heidegger by George Steiner 357 copies, 3 reviews40
Nietzsche by J. P. Stern 91 copies41
Trotsky by Irving Howe 87 copies42
Klein by Hanna Segal 31 copies, 1 review43
Pavlov by Jeffrey A. Gray 10 copies44
Piaget by Margaret A. Boden 43 copies45
Evans-Pritchard by Mary Douglas 35 copies46
Darwin by Wilma B. George 10 copies47
Barthes by Jonathan D. Culler 75 copies, 1 review48
Adorno by Martin Jay 108 copies, 1 review49
Foucault by J. G. Merquior 104 copies50
Derrida by Christopher Norris 178 copies51
Winnicott by Adam Phillips 89 copies, 4 reviews52
Lacan by Malcolm Bowie 83 copies, 1 review53
Arendt by David Watson 10 copies54
Berlin by John Gray 143 copies55

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The Fontana Modern Masters was a series of pocket guides on writers, philosophers, and other thinkers and theorists who shaped the intellectual landscape of the twentieth century. The first five titles were published on 12 January 1970 by Fontana Books, the paperback imprint of William Collins & Co, and the series editor was Frank Kermode who was Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. The books were very popular with students, who 'bought them by the handful' according to Kermode, and they were instantly recognisable by their eye-catching covers, which featured brightly coloured abstract art and sans-serif typography. The Fontana Modern Masters occupy a unique place in publishing history - not for their contents but their covers, which draw on the following developments in twentieth-century art and literature: (1) Twentieth-century geometric abstraction, colour-field painting and hard-edge painting. (2) Op Art, and in particular the work of Victor Vasarely. (3) The English beatnik Brion Gysin's cut-up technique as popularized by William Burroughs.The cover concept was the brainchild of Fontana's art director John Constable, who had been experimenting with a cover treatment based on cut-ups of The Mud Bath, a key work of British geometric abstraction by the painter David Bomberg. However, a visit to the Grabowski Gallery in London introduced Constable to the work of Oliver Bevan, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 1964, whose optical and geometric paintings were influenced by Vasarely's Op Art. On seeing Bevan's work, Constable commissioned him to create the covers for the first ten Fontana Modern Masters, which Bevan painted as rectilinear arrangements of tesselating blocks. Each cover was thus a piece of abstract art, but as an incentive for readers to buy all ten books the covers could be arranged to create a larger, composite artwork. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontana_... (English, Unclassified)

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