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'Great Britain'

By Herbert Read
London: Thames & Hudson
Year: 1958
Language: English
Pages: pp. 221-250
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"It would be difficult to find a literary parallel for Francis Bacon, though Dostoevsky has been invoked [...] If we go back to the nineteenth century, the name of Edgar Allan Poe would in my opinion be more to the point. Bacon's "figures" in their geometrical frames are pre-figured in the victims of "The Pit and the Pendulum" to whom there was "the choice of death with its direct physical agonies, or death with its most hideous moral horrors."" p. 248