The Modern Culture of Reginald Farrer
Landscape, Literature and Buddhism

Michael Charlesworth

Studies In Comparative Literature 36

Legenda

26 February 2018  •  276pp

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The British plant-collector Reginald Farrer (1880-1920) became a Buddhist in Ceylon, and his published works contain lively and uninhibited critiques of British society and civilisation partly informed by this alternative perspective. He came to love Asia, spending four years in China, Tibet and Burma, and nine months in Japan. A moderniser in the fields of garden design and garden-writing, he made famous plant introductions, also producing novels and travel-writing, paintings and photographs. In 1917 Farrer visited the Great War’s Western Front and published a book describing the emotional effect of that experience. He is very much an unknown and unsung hero of twentieth-century culture. Charlesworth explores all Farrer’s activities, particularly his involvement with two strong forces within the cultural dynamics of the early twentieth century: modernism and Buddhism.

Michael Charlesworth is Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.

Reviews:

  • ‘The clear strengths of this book are in its lucid prose, historical accuracy, and truly fascinating subject matter... Richly supported in terms of diverse textual materials, the book is also visually stunning and contains a number of wonderful illustrations, photographs, and reproduced artworks... Charlesworth’s book presents a compelling case for a renewed interest in Reginald Farrer’s writings, and will remain the definitive work on this topic for many years to come.’ — Jeffrey Mather, Modern Language Review 115.1, 2020, 164-65 (full text online)

Contents:

i-vi
The Modern Culture of Reginald Farrer: The Modern Culture of Reginald Farrer
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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xi-xii
List of Illustrations
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xiii-xvi
A Rather Personal Preface
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1-12
Introduction
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13-32
Chapter 1 A Distant Bell: Biography 1880–1908
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33-56
Chapter 2 Farrer in Old Ceylon, 1908
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57-90
Chapter 3 ‘Lovely Flowers... Made All Worth While’: Biography, 1908–1920
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91-116
Chapter 4 Among the Personalities: Garden-Writing and Garden Design
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117-126
Chapter 5 Literary Impressionism: the Garden of Asia
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127-155
Chapter 6 ‘A Suicidal Job’: Novel-Writing
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156-172
Chapter 7 Master of Energìa: On the Eaves of the World
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173-190
Chapter 8 Painting (and Describing) Flowers and Landscapes
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191-208
Chapter 9 A Buddhist Visits the Trenches
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209-230
Chapter 10 Into the Halls of Heaven: the Rainbow Bridge
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231-240
Afterword: Transports of the Garden of Ingleborough Hall
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241-246
Appendix: Vasanta the Beautiful
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247-253
Bibliography
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254-260
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Charlesworth, Michael, The Modern Culture of Reginald Farrer: Landscape, Literature and Buddhism, Studies In Comparative Literature, 36 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Michael Charlesworth, The Modern Culture of Reginald Farrer: Landscape, Literature and Buddhism, Studies In Comparative Literature, 36 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Charlesworth, p. 47.

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Charlesworth, Michael. 2018. The Modern Culture of Reginald Farrer: Landscape, Literature and Buddhism, Studies In Comparative Literature, 36 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Charlesworth 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Charlesworth 2018: 21.

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