"Roger Fry's Vision and Design, the Medici Press edition of A Shropshire Lad, Eminent Victorians"
'River with Poplars' by Roger Fry c.1912
Public Domain'River with Poplars' by Roger Fry c.1912 - Credit: Roger Fry
Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Roger Fry c.1917
Public DomainPortrait of Virginia Woolf by Roger Fry c.1917 - Credit: Roger Fry

Vision and Design (1920) is a collection of articles and essays by Roger Fry, artist and art critic, written between 1900 and 1920.

It was a popular and influential book which ranged broadly over the history of World Art and expressed clear and controversial viewpoints on many aspects of the creative process.

One of its main tenets is that 'form' is more important than 'content': a work of art should be judged primarily on its visual appearance rather than on its 'meaning'.

 

  

 

 

 

A Shropshire Lad (1896) is a collection of 63 poems by poet and classicist A.E. Housman.

Statue of A.E. Housman in Bromsgrove
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeStatue of A.E. Housman in Bromsgrove - Credit: Mike Dodman, Wikimedia Commons

Written in a simple, engaging style, the poems' depiction of the English countryside, with their themes of youth, love and mortality, struck a chord with the reading public, and the collection was a great success during the early decades of the 20th Century. 

From 'Loveliest of trees, the cherry now':

 And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodland I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow. 

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Many of the Shropshire Lad poems were set to music by musicians such as George Butterworth and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Listen on Spotify to a George Butterworth setting of 'Loveliest of Trees ...'

 

 

Study of Lytton Strachey's face and hands by Dora Carrington
Public DomainStudy of Lytton Strachey's face and hands by Dora Carrington - Credit: Dora Carrington

Eminent Victorians (1918) by Lytton Strachey, a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group, is a biography of four individuals: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold and General Gordon.

It is notable for dealing with these worthy figures in a lively, irreverential and witty way.