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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ

Facing Beethoven: Literature, Sculpture & Identity

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Beethoven – celebrated as much as a mythic icon as he is treasured as a man, musician, and composer – was often cited by early twentieth-century writers in novels and in discussions of art, politics, and society. In his lecture, Nathan Waddell explored how Beethoven’s image, in the forms of life and death masks and portrait busts and statues, had been used by H. G. Wells, Wyndham Lewis, Dorothy Richardson, and Stephen Spender, among others, to ask questions about identity, art’s roles in everyday life, and the explanatory force of legend.

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Dr Nathan Waddell, Assistant Professor in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, UK; Editor of The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies; Member of the Editorial Board of the Collected Works of Wyndham Lewis, contracted to Oxford University Press