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Introduction, or Materia Prima

Theodore Ziolkowski

in The Alchemist in Literature: From Dante to the Present

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198746836
eISBN:
9780191809187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746836.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Mythology and Folklore

Following an introductory survey of its contemporary popularity, this chapter discusses those elements of alchemy that are necessary for the understanding of the literary examples in the following ... More


Ezra Pound: A Slim Sound Claim to Musical Immortality

Richard Taruskin

in The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249776
eISBN:
9780520942790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249776.003.0027
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter discusses the work of Ezra Pound and his contribution to the world of music. Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet and critic and a major figure in the early modernist ... More


If You Have to Ask You Can’t Afford One: Now Eleanor’s Idea

Kyle Gann

in Robert Ashley

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252035494
eISBN:
9780252094569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252035494.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter details Now Eleanor's Idea (1985–94). The five-and-a-half-hour tetralogy represents the conclusion of the American adventure, of Ashley's “history of our consciousness as Americans.” Now ... More


The Alchemist in Literature: From Dante to the Present

Theodore Ziolkowski

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198746836
eISBN:
9780191809187
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746836.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This book traces the figure of the alchemist in Western literature from its first appearance in Dante down to the present. From the beginning alchemy has had two aspects: exoteric or operative (the ... More


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