Fair Greece Sad Relic

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Fair Greece Sad Relic

Literary Phihellenism from Shakespeare to Byron.

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Fair Greece Sad Relic
Literary Phihellenism from Shakespeare to Byron.

This absorbing book presents the picture of Greece from the fall of Constantinople to the arrival of Byron as seen through the eyes of English poets, essayists and travellers. It shows that 'Philhellenism' has a much longer history than most people realize, and goes back at least to the late Middle Ages. In a manner that combines scholarship and wit, narrative history and literary anecdote, fable and fantasy, the author shows how our conception of Greece has been moulded by the feelings and opinions expressed by generations of writers when the country was under Turkish occupation and when its people, its temples and traditions were regarded as witnesses both to its ancient splendour and its contemporary sadness. Shakespeare, Milton, Shelley, Byron, as well as countless other half-forgotten travellers and poets, all contribute to the growth of that powerful current of Philhellenism which has become part and parcel of our Western culture. "I suppose an affection for Greece seems to most of us now something we are born with: it is the one country which would appear to possess an unalterable natural affinity for us." so wrote Cyril Connolly in a review of this book when it was originally published. The book is an account of why this affection and affinity have become a thread of gold in the homespun of our history.

Terence Spencer (1915 - 1978) was Professor of English Literature and Language at Birmingham University. He travelled widely in Greece - prior to the second World War he had lectured for the British council at the Institute of English Studies at Athens - and in addition to Fair Greece Sad Relic he also wrote "Byron and Greek Tradition".

'A scholarly and brilliantly written account.' --Richard Clogg, 'World Bibliographical Series: Greece'.

Half Cloth, Uncut, Stitched Binding. Reprint of the 1954 London Edition.

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Author Terence Spencer
Pages 312
Cover Hard
Width (mm) 215
Height (mm) 140

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