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This is Tomorrow: Twentieth-century Britain and its Artists

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Since 1988, Valerie Eliot has continued to gather materials from collections, libraries and private sources in Britain and America, towards the preparation of subsequent volumes of the Letters edition.

In This is Tomorrow Michael Bird takes a fresh look at the 'long twentieth century', from the closing years of Queen Victoria's reign to the turn of the millennium, through the lens of the artists who lived and worked in this ever-changing Britain.Bird has fantastic access to the stories, anecdotes, and personal recollections of those who were actually there. These are the ebbs and flows that Michael Bird teases out in this panoramic account of Britain and its artists in across the twentieth century. This is Tomorrow is the work of an undercover agent – one who has bravely realigned the familiar legacies of British twentieth-century art.

An enjoyable book, one which will entertain and inform even those who consider themselves well versed in this country’s art history. Mr Bird gives voice to artists previously sidelined in such historical overviews: Sir Frank Bowling, Lubaina Himid, Mary Kelly, John Latham, Phyllida Barlow. A compelling and lively history that examines the lives of British artists from the late-19th century to today. This is Tomorrow is the work of an undercover agent - one who has bravely realigned the familiar legacies of British twentieth-century art.Bailey also includes essays on the fascinating themes that color Allen’s works, from death and Freud to music and New York City.

Among new letters to have come to light, a good many date from the years 1898-1922, which has necessitated a revised edition of Volume One, taking account of approximately two hundred newly discovered items of correspondence.His powers of persuasion clearly exceeded those of Colonel Baker, who seemed the personification of Victorian solidity until that embarrassing incident in the sealed railway compartment, where he failed to entice Miss Dickinson to join in his bit of fun, and afterwards had to try and explain his conduct to the High Court, with the whole nation hanging on his every word. In a brilliant narrative that vividly evokes the personalities who populate and drive this story―including Aubrey Beardsley, Damien Hirst, and Barbara Hepworth―author Michael Bird reevaluates how we look at the history of modern Britain.

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