Rory Gallagher marked it as to-read Jul 24, Refresh and try again. Buckminster Fuller introduced geodesic domes when literary critic Hugh Kenner published this fully-illustrated practical manual for their construction. You may also like. Now, some twenty-five years later, Geodesic Math and How to Use It again presents a systematic method of design and provides a step-by-step method for producing mathematical specifications for orthodox geodesic domes, as well as for a variety of elliptical, super-elliptical, and other nonspherical contours. Allan marked it as to-read Aug 23, There are octahedral domes, tetrahedral domes, and, gasp, irregular domes.
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Share via Email The north American critic Hugh Kenner, who has died aged 80 following heart problems, produced some of the most perceptive accounts of literary modernism.
The only one he could not get to was Ernest Hemingway, because it would have meant a separate trip to Cuba. Despite his wanderings, Kenner retained an unswerving fidelity to Pound, whom he promoted as the central presence in modernist writing. At a time when Eliot was enthroned as the monarch of contemporary letters, Kenner argued that the era had, in fact, belonged to Pound. He was detained there, from to , on a treason charge, for making radio broadcasts in support of Mussolini from wartime Italy.
At a time when what Kenner called "thickets of misunderstanding" kept Pound at a distance from most critics and professors of poetry, he took it upon himself to brush them aside. During one summer holiday, he returned to Ontario and spent six hours a day for six weeks writing The Poetry Of Ezra Pound As Laughlin put it, Kenner got Pound "listed on the academic stock exchange".
A job at Santa Barbara College now the University of California, Santa Barbara followed, as did another couple of dozen books - on Joyce, Eliot, Lewis, Beckett and others, many of them still the strongest in their fields. His work avoids academic jargon, and draws on a massive range of influences, seeing connections and parallels in unlikely places. He crashes [literature], like a partygoer You could not say whether his talking or listening is done with greater intensity.
This encyclopaedic critical biography explicated the notoriously difficult poetry of Pound and his contemporaries with lively authority. It begins, for instance, with an evocative account of a encounter between Pound and Henry James in London: "Toward the evening of a gone world, the light of its last summer pouring forth into a Chelsea street found and suf fused the red waistcoat of Henry James, lord of decorum, en promenade, exposing his Boston niece to the tone of things.
Kenner himself deplored such politics. A post at the University of Georgia brought him once again to a more temperate climate, and he remained there until his retirement in He did not receive US citizenship, and found it amusing to be a perennial "resident alien". As a student, Kenner had been faced with a choice between writing and mathematics; his grandfather was a skilled mathematician, and his parents were classics teachers - the local school in Peterborough is named after his father.
A childhood illness had left him partially deaf, and he took to reading copiously, reckoning to have covered most of the University of Toronto syllabus by the time he matriculated. When I met Hugh Kenner last summer, he was dressed in a stripey, light-blue suit, with a bow tie and glasses slightly askew.
Even then though, the quickness and sensitivity of his mind were evident. He recited long passages from memory, and told anecdotes of Tom, Sam and Ezra. When I mentioned that I had come from London, his face registered the vivid recollection of a gone world. The Pound Era had been dedicated to the memory of his first wife, Mary Josephine Waite, with whom he had three daughters and two sons.
A year after her death in , he married Mary Anne Bittner, with whom he had a son and daughter; she and the seven children survive him.
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