Blast: Review of the Great English Vortex (1342 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay


Blast: Review of the Great English Vortex (1914-15) was an avant-garde magazine edited by the artist and writer Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), of which only two issues appeared, in July 1914 and July 1915. Despite its ephemeral status, caused by the outbreak of the First World War, it was a landmark in the emergence of modernism in London, achieving notoriety for its leading contributors, Lewis and Ezra Pound. It appeared to proclaim a new movement, “Vorticism”, without having settled on an agreed conception of what that meant: several contributors, having been led to expect a Cubist-Futurist-Imagist publication, had not even been told about Vorticism, which had been half-formulated at a late stage of the first issue&…

Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Blast: Review of the Great English Vortex". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 May 2021 [, accessed 04 August 2021.]

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