Beginning and the End of the World by Robert Crawford

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In a work of spectacular imagination and remarkable synthesis, poet Robert Crawford celebrates St Andrews, the first town in the 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, linking their work to one of the nineteenth century’s most scandalous and hotly debated publications. Here is the extraordinary intellectual life of an eccentric society rich in apocalyptically-minded Victorian inventors and authors whose work has had an international impact. The protagonists include a very quarrelsome professor, a cello-playing ex-military golfer, a notorious scientist, a married couple coping with mental breakdown and a physician obsessed with sewage. In paying full attention to these people’s inter-relationship, implicitly and explicitly this book suggests that their lasting legacies may have a bearing on our own arguments about environmental sustainability and the possibility of largescale extinction.
 

About Robert Crawford

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Poet and critic Robert Crawford is Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at the University of St. Andrews.
 
Published June 14, 2011 by Birlinn. 272 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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St Andrews is home to the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and once stood proud as Scotland's ecclesiastical capital, home to the relics of its patron saint.

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The Independent

Poet and St Andrews academic Robert Crawford aims to explain how it "came to be the first town in the world to be documented thoroughly through photography".

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Scotsman.com

He has disproved it once and for all by lifting the lid on this microcosm of Victorian society in his new book, The Beginning and the End of the World: St Andrews, Scandal and the Birth of Photography.

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