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The alchemist in literature : from Dante to the present

Author: Theodore Ziolkowski
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study traces the figure of the alchemist in Western literature from its first appearance in Dante down to the present. From the beginning alchemy has had two aspects: exoteric or operative (the transmutation of baser metals into gold) and esoteric or speculative (the spiritual transformation of the alchemist himself). As scholarly interest in alchemy intensified, writers were attracted to the figure of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Ziolkowski
ISBN: 9780191063817 0191063819
OCLC Number: 926914887
Description: 1 online resource (x, 237 pages)
Contents: Introduction, or Prima Materia Satirizations, or Nigredo Romanticizations, or Cauda Pavonis Adaptations, or Albedo Poeticizations, or Fermentatio Spiritualizations, or Rubedo Popularizations, or Projectio Conclusion, or Quinta Essentia Index
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This study examines the figure of the alchemist in literature from Dante to the present and shows how the popular response to that figure has changed through the ages.  Read more...

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