SeriesFontana Modern Masters

57 Works Popularity 2,678 (2,992 Members) 5,392 Books 31 Reviews 3.4

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Camus by Conor Cruise O'Brien 97 copies1
Chomsky by John Lyons 373 copies2
Fanon by David Caute 64 copies3
Guevara by Andrew Sinclair 65 copies4
Lévi-Strauss by Edmund Leach 288 copies, 3 reviews5
Lukács by George Lichtheim 83 copies, 2 reviews6
Marcuse by Alasdair MacIntyre 133 copies, 1 review7
McLuhan by Jonathan Miller 93 copies8
Orwell by Raymond Williams 96 copies9
Wittgenstein by David Pears 268 copies, 1 review10
Joyce by John Gross 67 copies11
Freud by Richard Wollheim 140 copies, 3 reviews12
Reich by Charles Rycroft 60 copies13
Yeats by Denis Donoghue 67 copies14
Gandhi by George Woodcock 40 copies15
Lenin by Robert Conquest 56 copies16
Mailer by Richard Poirier 23 copies17
Russell by A. J. Ayer 153 copies18
Jung by Anthony Storr 126 copies, 2 reviews19
Lawrence by Frank Kermode 52 copies20
Beckett by A. Alvarez 73 copies21
Einstein by Jeremy Bernstein 123 copies22
Laing by Edgar Z. Friedenberg 45 copies23
Popper by Bryan Magee 292 copies, 2 reviews24
Kafka by Erich Heller 67 copies25
Le Corbusier by Stephen Gardiner 47 copies26
Proust by Roger Shattuck 92 copies27
Weber by Donald Gunn MacRae 53 copies28
Eliot by Stephen Spender 80 copies29
Marx by David McLellan 172 copies, 3 reviews30
Pound by Donald Davie 18 copies, 1 review31
Sartre by Arthur C. Danto 71 copies, 1 review32
Artaud by Martin Esslin 48 copies, 1 review33
Keynes by Donald E. Moggridge 33 copies34
Saussure by Jonathan D. Culler 167 copies35
Schoenberg by Charles Rosen 102 copies36
Engels by David McLellan 47 copies37
Gramsci by James Joll 67 copies38
Durkheim by Anthony Giddens 48 copies, 1 review39
Heidegger by George Steiner 340 copies, 2 reviews40
Nietzsche by J. P. Stern 87 copies41
Trotsky by Irving Howe 88 copies42
Klein by Hanna Segal 31 copies, 1 review43
Pavlov by Jeffrey A. Gray 9 copies44
Piaget by Margaret A. Boden 42 copies45
Evans-Pritchard by Mary Douglas 35 copies46
Darwin by Wilma B. George 11 copies47
Barthes by Jonathan D. Culler 72 copies, 1 review48
Adorno by Martin Jay 107 copies, 1 review49
Foucault by J. G. Merquior 98 copies50
Derrida by Christopher Norris 170 copies51
Winnicott by Adam Phillips 81 copies, 4 reviews52
Lacan by Malcolm Bowie 79 copies, 1 review53
Hannah Arendt (Fontana Modern Masters) by David Watson 10 copies54
Isaiah Berlin by John Gray 132 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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