In the Land of Temple Caves: Notes on Art and the Human Spirit

In the Land of Temple Caves: Notes on Art and the Human Spirit

by Frederick Turner


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“I just plain loved In the Land of Temple Caves. Frederick Turner makes a compelling case for civility organized in response to culture-shaping art as our most ancient source of saving graces. Beautifully said, humanely thought out, the story he tells is particularly useful in these sorrowful times. Read, and take heart!” —William Kittredge, author of The Willow Field

In the Land of Temple Caves travels back to the very beginning of Art to assess anew its meanings in the long human story. Frederick Turner makes a personal investigation of sanctuaries in France and Spain that the great mythographer Joseph Campbell called the “temple caves,” the earliest known of which contains paintings and engravings more than 32,000 years old, works of art more advanced than the hunting implements by which their creators lived. In caves and prehistoric shelters, along the valleys tracing the mighty rivers of the Ice Age, in a war-ravaged village, and in a city church far removed from the country of the caves, Turner finds resonant meaning in what he has always believed to be true. Art does matter—vitally—and never more than now.

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ISBN-13: 9781640093966
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,126,346
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

FREDERICK TURNER is the author or editor of several books, including Renegade: Henry Miller and the Making of Tropic of Cancer and The Kid and Me: A Novel. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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