A Treated Victorian Novel
Other Editions of This Title:
“A ‘treated Victorian novel’—treated with humor and poetry, and a feeling for the ‘ghosts of other possible stories’ lurking in the original text. It may be the closest a paperback book has come to being an art object.”—New York
In the mid-1960s, Tom Phillips took a forgotten nineteenth-century novel, W. H. Mallock’s A Human Document, and began working over the extant text to create something new. The artist writes, “I plundered, mined, and undermined its text to make it yield the ghosts of other possible stories, scenes, poems, erotic incidents, and surrealist catastrophes which seemed to lurk within its wall of words. As I worked on it, I replaced the text I’d stripped away with visual images of all kinds. It began to tell and depict, among other memories, dreams, and reflections, the sad story of Bill Toge, one of love’s casualties.”
After its first publication in book form in 1980, A Humument rapidly became a cult classic. This new fifth edition follows its predecessors by incorporating Phillip’s latest revisions and reworkings, and celebrates an artistic enterprise that is forty-five years old and still actively a work in progress.
Praise For A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel…
— William Glass - Artforum
An object both jaggedly modern . . .and densely wondrous as a medieval illumination.
A wonderful entertainment . . . full of humor, visual invention, and the peculiar poignancy of unnoticed meanings in the very lay and spelling of printed words.
— San Francisco Chronicle
One of the most winning and witty artistic experiments of recent times.
— Washington Post
Thames & Hudson, 9780500289990, 384pp.
Publication Date: May 29, 2012