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Critical Writings

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F. T. Marinetti; Edited by Günter Berghaus; Translated by Doug Thompson

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Futurist movement was founded and promoted by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, beginning in 1909 with the First Futurist Manifesto, in which he inveighed against the complacency of "cultural necrophiliacs" and sought to annihilate the values of the past, writing that "there is no longer any beauty except the struggle. Any work of art that lacks a sense of aggression can never be a masterpiece." In the years that followed, up until his death in 1944, Marinetti, through both his polemical writings and his political activities, sought to transform society in all its aspects. As Günter Berghaus writes in his introduction, "Futurism
sought to bridge the gap between art and life and to bring aesthetic innovation into the real world. Life was to be changed through art, and art was to become a form of life."

This volume includes more than seventy of Marinetti's most important writings--many of them translated into English for the first time--offering the reader a representative and still startling selection of texts concerned with Futurist art, literature, politics, and philosophy.

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The Pre-Futurist Years (1876-1908)
 
Marinetti was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and received an education based on the arts and humanities at a French college. He became entirely bilingual and from an early age was a prolific writer of poetry. In order to see his works published, he founded a magazine, Le Papyrus. The twenty-one issues that appeared between February 1894 and January 1895 also contained his first essays on literary questions, new artistic trends, and political issues. In 1895, Marinetti's father decided that his son should study law at an Italian university and sent him
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"At last! For the first time, we have a scholarly, comprehensive . . . readable English edition of F.T. Marinetti's groundbreaking Futurist manifestos and critical writings." --Marjorie Perloff, Professor Emerita, Stanford University
 
"An accurate, meticulously assembled, three-dimensional portrait of the founder of Italian futurism . . . A major contribution to studies of Futurism and the avant-gardes." --Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Professor, Stanford University

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  • F. T. Marinetti; Edited by Günter Berghaus; Translated by Doug Thompson

  • F. T. Marinetti was born in Egypt in 1876 and died in Italy in 1944. Günter Berghaus is now a senior research fellow at the University of Bristol in England and the author of more than a dozen scholarly books.
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