Weatherland: WritersArtists Under English Skies

Weatherland WritersArtists Under English Skies In a sweeping panorama Weatherland allows us to witness England s cultural climates across the centuries Before the Norman Conquest Anglo Saxons living in a wintry world wrote about the coldness of

  • Title: Weatherland: WritersArtists Under English Skies
  • Author: Alexandra Harris
  • ISBN: 9780500518113
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a sweeping panorama, Weatherland allows us to witness England s cultural climates across the centuries Before the Norman Conquest, Anglo Saxons living in a wintry world wrote about the coldness of exile or the shelters they had to defend against enemies outside The Middle Ages brought the warmth of spring the new lyrics were sung in praise of blossoms and cuckoos DeIn a sweeping panorama, Weatherland allows us to witness England s cultural climates across the centuries Before the Norman Conquest, Anglo Saxons living in a wintry world wrote about the coldness of exile or the shelters they had to defend against enemies outside The Middle Ages brought the warmth of spring the new lyrics were sung in praise of blossoms and cuckoos Descriptions of a rainy night are rare before 1700, but by the end of the eighteenth century the Romantics had adopted the squall as a fit subject for their most probing thoughts.The weather is vast and yet we experience it intimately, and Alexandra Harris builds her remarkable story from small evocative details There is the drawing of a twelfth century man in February, warming bare toes by the fire There is the tiny glass left behind from the Frost Fair of 1684, and the Sunspan house in Angmering that embodies the bright ambitions of the 1930s Harris catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals Bloody cold, says Jonathan Swift in the slobbery January of 1713 Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one Weatherland is a celebration of English air and a life story of those who have lived in it.

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    • You can tell when someone is English, as they will talk about the weather whenever possible. They will study the weather forecasts for the glimmer of hope that a sunny day offers and are as surprised as the experts in the Met office when it rains. In this book, Harris takes a detailed examination of the responses to the wide variety of weather and the seasons that authors and artists have had over two millennia. Early Roman mosaics have been discovered with seasonal details, and ancient Saxon wr [...]

    • Weatherland is endlessly fascinating, a study of the representation of weather by English artists and writers from the earliest times till now. Alexandra Harris is an engaging guide to an engrossing subject and imparts enormous learning in beautifully elegant prose. Her responses range from the academic to the personal and make Weatherland a joy to read. The book as an item is beautifully produced, from the gorgeous jacket, to the powder blue boards, creamy paper and rich selection of illustrati [...]

    • This is a beautiful book. The cover is gorgeous, the illustrations are fantastic, and it looks good on the shelf. So much so that I'm just going to go ahead and put it up there. It's not bad by any means: Harris has a clear and interesting voice, and is wisely insightful about how the weather is reflected in the arts in Britain. But there is no real narrative drive in the book--no impetus to turn the page, no real point other than the weather. Which is not a bad thing. Sometimes all you want to [...]

    • I loved the first half of this book but slogged through to the end.The first part uses the merest scraps to reconstruct our ancestors' attitudes to the English weather, reminding me with every page just how different their relationship was to the seasons, the land and the sky. On every page there was a line that made me stop and reflect, often moved to the point of disorientation. And a diversion into the world of the London frost fairs is among the most mesmerising things I have read this year. [...]

    • Brilliant revelation of how English literature chronicles English meteorology a fascinating study of English weather as the backdrop for English writings, as well as English art from Beowulf through Cowper to Shelley through Austen on to Dickens and Hardy and into the present, complemented by Turner, Constable, Whistler, and Hockney displays great breadth of learning

    • This book is in the same genre of scholarly non-fiction as Robert Macfarlane's and Peter Davidson's various literary explorations of place and time, but, I would say, not quite in the same league as far as the actual writing goes (but then Macfarlane and, perhaps especially, Davidson, produce works of such consummate quality, that this need not be a severe criticism). As with so many academic works, the introductory and conclusory chapters are by far the best (with the very final sentence surely [...]

    • The weather is the one the us Brits discuss, analyse, complain about and appreciate and yet sometimes we seem to take it utterly for granted. Harris has written a looooong book, a thesis really, on the British weather and how it has impacted culture over the centuries, affecting art and literature in so many ways. From the earliest illuminated manuscripts depicting farmers at work in all seasons through Wordsworth, JW Turner and beyond, the British weather has been a motivating factor in so many [...]

    • such a refreshing perspective on literature through the ages

    • enjoying this romp through English literature and it's relationship to weather,it's a bit Beowulf to Virginia Woolf,but great on the early Anglo Saxon s nevertheless,and their focus on cold,icy waves - and the warmth of the hearth/hall/fire instead of the light of the sun.Currently got as far as the Romantics and their obsession with wild weather, storms.Readable survey,also good on artist's response to the elements too eg Turner and light

    • Not quite on par with Romantic Moderns, I thought. Perhaps too diffuse.

    • When I was in primary and high school I wanted to be a weatherman. It never happened, but I'm still very curious about the weather and love looking at the sky. I read a review of this book in the NY Times several months ago and thought it sounds like an interesting premise. When I saw the book in a lovely indie bookshop in Sydney on Oxford Street, I decided to buy it then and there. The premise is that the author follows the mention of weather and what constituted good and bad weather in England [...]

    • Karen Charbonneau

      (Dec 05, 2019 - 19:12 PM)

      What a delightful read. Who ever imagined that the English viewed weather variously during different historical epochs, especially in literature and in paintings. If you are a fan of English literature, from Beowulf through Shakespeare and into the Romantics and on, you will gain so much insight into your favorite classics by reading this book. Every evening I could hardly wait to crawl into bed and turn on my light - I had a hardback copy. There isn't a dull paragraph, so don't be concerned bec [...]

    • Een schitterend geschreven en geillustreerd boek. Wel voor de liefhebbers. Harris beschrijft de invloed van het Engelse weer op schrijvers, dichters en schilders over een periode vanaf de vroege middeleeuwen tot nu. Het wordt nergens saai, ondanks het feit, dat er niet echt veel gebeurt, wil je het toch uitlezen. Ik denk, dat je zo'n boek ook over het Nederlandse weer zou kunnen schrijven. In ieder geval over de invloed op de schilders.

    • Shelly Dennison

      (Dec 05, 2019 - 19:12 PM)

      Roughly chronological romp through how writers and artists have thought about and described the weather in their work. Highly readable with lots of useful quotations and illustrations. Illustrates our changing relationship with the weather and full of fascinating details.

    • Margaret Barnes

      (Dec 05, 2019 - 19:12 PM)

      I heard Alexandra Harris speak at the Budleigh Literary Festival. She is an accomplished speaker who wears her intellect lightly. Despite the broad canvas both in time and personalities, I found the book engrossing and has made be think about literature and art in a new way.

    • Erudite, smart, well-written - a fascinating blend of criticism and history. I love this sort of thing - tracing ideas, imagination, experience across time. Really well done.

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