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The secret life of puppets

Author: Victoria Nelson
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; Londond, England : Harvard University Press, 2001.
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"In one of those rare books that allow us to see the world not as we've never seen it before, but as we see it daily without knowing, Victoria Nelson illuminates the deep but hidden attraction the supernatural still holds for a secular mainstream culture that forced the transcendental underground and firmly displaced wonder and awe with the forces of reason, materialism, and science." "In a backward look at an era  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nelson, Victoria, 1945-
Secret life of puppets.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victoria Nelson
ISBN: 0674006305 9780674006300 9780674012448 0674012445
OCLC Number: 47073083
Awards: Winner of Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies 2001
Nominated for Pulitzer Prizes 2003
Nominated for Rene Wellek Prize 2002
Nominated for Best First Book in the History of Religions Award 2001
Nominated for Mark Lynton History Prize 2003
Nominated for Jacques Barzun Prize 2001
Nominated for Sidney Edelstein Prize 2002
Nominated for Herbert Feis Award 2002
Description: xi, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Grotto, an opening --
2. Early adventures of the Earthly Gods --
3. The puppet tractates --
4. The strange history of the American fantastic --
5. H.P. Lovecraft and the great heresies --
6. Symmes Hole, or the South Polar Grotto --
7. Is this real or am I crazy --
8. Two old birds and their new feathers --
9. The new expressionists --
10. The Hermeticon of Umbertus E. --
11. The great twentieth-century puppet upgrade --
12. The door in the sky.
Responsibility: Victoria Nelson.


In a tour of Western culture that is at once exhilarating and alarming, Nelson shows us the distorted forms in which the spiritual resurfaced in high art but also, strikingly, in the mass culture of  Read more...


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Nelson has written an eloquent, exciting, memorable, important book. It is alive and disturbingly truthful. -- Harold Bloom, author of <i>The Western Canon </i>and Read more...

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