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By Michael North

This enticing research returns to a really extraordinary 12 months, the 12 months during which either Ulysses and The Waste Land have been released, within which The nice Gatsby used to be set, and through which the Fascisti took over in Italy, the Irish loose nation used to be born, the Harlem Renaissance reached its height, Charlie Chaplin's attractiveness crested, and King Tutankhamen's tomb used to be chanced on. briefly, the 12 months which not just in hindsight grew to become the primal scene of literary modernism yet which served because the cradle for a number of significant political and aesthetic changes resonating round the globe.

In his prior examine, the acclaimed Dialect of Modernism (OUP, 1994), Michael North checked out the racial and linguistic struggles over the English language which gave beginning to the various lines of modernism. right here, he expands his imaginative and prescient to surround the worldwide degree, and tells the tale of the way books replaced the way forward for the realm as we all know it in a single unforgettable yr.

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