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The Beginning and the End of the World
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Publication Date
01 June 2011
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The Beginning and the End of the World

St Andrews, Scandal and the Birth of Photography
by Robert Crawford - Find out more about the author


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'Absorbing and adventurous' Guardian

'The kind of intellectually fleet-footed work only a poet and critic could produce' Scotland on Sunday

'An intellectually nimble book, dealing with St Andrews, photography, evolutionary theory, the Great Disruption and kaleidoscopes, linking its heterogeneous topics through a group of singular Victorian thinkers based in St Andrews' Scotsman 2011 Book Round-up

In a work of spectacular imagination and remarkable synthesis, Robert Crawford celebrates St Andrews, the first town in the English-speaking world to have its people, buildings and natural environment thoroughly documented through photography. The Beginning and the End of the World tells the stories of several pioneering Scottish photographers. Yet it also places them within the extraordinary intellectual life of an eccentric society rich in sometimes apocalyptically-minded Victorian inventors and authors whose work has had an international impact.

Robert Crawford is Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at St Andrews University. He received his MA from Glasgow University and his DPhil from Oxford. He is a founding Fellow of the English Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has taught at the universities of Oxford and Glasgow, and has been at St Andrews since 1989.

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