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Jack Lindsay

Writer, Romantic, Revolutionary

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  • First book-length study of the work of writer, activist and publisher, Jack Lindsay (1900-1990)
  • Maps the development of Lindsay's thought through his studies of Blake, Bunyan, Dickens, Meredith, Morris
  • Provides an overview of left-wing cultural politics in the twentieth century

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Part I

  2. Part II

  3. Part III

  4. Part IV

  5. Part V

  6. Part VI


About this book

This book offers an in-depth analysis of the work of prolific writer, activist and publisher, Jack Lindsay (1900-1990). It maps the development of his ideas across the twentieth century by reference to the five British writers about whom he published major studies: William Blake, John Bunyan, Charles Dickens, George Meredith and William Morris. At the same time it maps the formation  through the twentieth-century of Left cultural politics, which Lindsay repeatedly anticipated in areas such as the fundamental interconnectedness of human beings and the natural world, the formative role of culture in both social and individual being, the crucial role of the senses in embodied being and the rejection of mind/body dualism. Through his analysis Lindsay foretold both the social alienation and the environmental degradation that characterise the beginning of the twenty-first century, while his interdisciplinary research and transdisciplinary analysis provide models for how we might address these critical concerns.


“In what is undoubtedly a landmark work, Cranny-Francis has found a cogent and immensely satisfying line through Lindsay’s life and writing. It provides welcome access to Lindsay-fications of five great writers, which will provoke and inspire readers to reassess those writers’ works. I can think of no one better placed to tell Lindsay's story, and Lindsay's story is an important one to tell.” (Henry Stead, University of St Andrews, UK)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia

    Anne Cranny-Francis

About the author

Anne Cranny-Francis is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She is known for her work in feminist and gender studies, cultural literacy, popular culture studies, and studies of embodiment, the senses (particularly touch) and human-technology engagement.

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