Vernon Lee — THE BEAUTIFUL. An Introduction to Psychological Aesthetics. 1st edition 1913

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Vernon Lee, pseudonym of the British writer Violet Paget (1856-1935):. THE BEAUTIFUL. An Introduction to Psychological Aesthetics. 1st edition. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1913. Small octavo, original illustrated decorative red cloth, illustrated title page, no dustjacket. VIII, 158 pages. Names (Danish critic Paul Rubow among these) to free front endpaper and a couple of unobtrusive pencil notes in first part. News paper clippings laid in at end causing discoloration to endpaper. Chapters include “Sensations,” “Perception of Relations,” “Empathy (Einfühlung),” and “The Aims of Art”, among others. Scare item!

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Chapters include “Sensations,” “Perception of Relations,” “Empathy (Einfühlung),” and “The Aims of Art”, among others: Vernon Lee, pseudonym of the British writer Violet Paget (1856-1935)

Born at Château St Leonard, Boulogne, to British expatriate parents, Henry Ferguson Paget and Matilda Lee-Hamilton (née Adams). Violet Paget was the half-sister of Eugene Jacob Lee-Hamilton by her mother’s first marriage, and from whose surname she adapted her own pseudonym. Although she primarily wrote for an English readership and made many visits to London, she spent the majority of her life on the continent, particularly in Italy. Her longest residence was just outside Florence in the Palmerino villa from 1889 until her death at San Gervasio, with a brief interruption during World War I. Her library was left to the British Institute of Florence and can still be inspected by visitors. In Florence she knit lasting friendships with the painter Telemaco Signorini and the learned Mario Praz, and she encouraged his love of learning and English literature. An engaged feminist, she always dressed à la garçonne. During the First World War, Lee adopted strong pacifist views,[3] and was a member of the anti-militarist organisation, the Union of Democratic Control. Scholars speculate that Lee was a lesbian, and had long-term intense relationships with three women, Mary Robinson, Clementina Anstruther-Thomson, and British author, Amy Levy. Lee however, in addition to taking on the name Vernon in her private life, resisted being mislabelled as a lesbian by her own peers.(…) Vernon Lee was instrumental in the introduction of the German concept of Einfühlung, or ’empathy’ into the study of aesthetics in the English-speaking world. She developed her own theory of psychological aesthetics in collaboration with her lover, Kit Anstruther-Thomson, based on previous works by William James, Theodor Lipps, and Karl Groos. She claimed that spectators “empathise” with works of art when they call up memories and associations and cause often unconscious bodily changes in posture and breathing”.

Vernon Lee — THE BEAUTIFUL. An Introduction to Psychological Aesthetics. 1st edition 1913

345,00 kr.

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