The Elmhirsts of Dartington

The Elmhirsts of Dartington

This book is an extraordinary memoir of two people and the place they made.

Author: Michael Young

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000761580

Category: Social Science

Page: 406

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Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst were the founders of Dartington - she the daughter of an American millionaire who was once Secretary to the US Navy; he the son of a Yorkshire parson and secretary to Rabindranath Tagore in Bengal before he married Dorothy. They were the twentieth century’s most substantial private patrons of architecture in England as well as of the arts and education. Dartington School was one of the most famous experimental schools in the world. Bertrand Russell sent his children there, as did Aldous Huxley and the Freuds. Dartington College of Arts and its associated Summer School of Music were equally famous in the world of the arts. Bernard Leach taught pottery, Mark Tobey painting, and Imogen Holst music. The Amadeus Quartet was formed there. Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears were frequent performers. In a setting of great beauty, school and college belonged to a general experiment in rural reconstruction. Dartington Glass was made in the Devonshire countryside and exported world-wide. So were Dartington Textiles, Dartington Furniture and Dartington Pottery. This book, originally published in 1982 (and reissued in 1996), describes how a unique combination of education, arts, industry and agriculture came to be put together. The result was one of the hardiest Utopian communities of modern times. It eventually overcame the strong local opposition to such a daring undertaking. The author finds the origins of modern Dartington in the founders’ hopes that mankind would be liberated through education; that a new flowering of the arts would transform a society impoverished by industrialisation and secularisation; and that a society seeking to draw together town and country would combine the best of both worlds. This book is an extraordinary memoir of two people and the place they made.
Categories: Social Science

The Elmhirsts of Dartington

The Elmhirsts of Dartington

Author: Michael Dunlop Young

Publisher: London ; Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul

ISBN: UCAL:B4385972

Category: Collective settlements

Page: 381

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Categories: Collective settlements

Letters from a Life

Letters from a Life

When she was sixteen years old , Ranu Mookerjee had been a companion to Rabindranath Tagore , the Indian educationalist , poet and social reformer , following his wife's death : see Michael Young , The Elmhirsts of Dartington : The ...

Author: Benjamin Britten

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 1843833824

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 633

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Letters by the British composer to his friends, family, and colleagues document his life from school days to the end of World War II.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

From the Bare Stem

From the Bare Stem

Author: Reginald Snell

Publisher:

ISBN: 0861148495

Category: Country homes

Page: 96

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Categories: Country homes

Michael Young

Michael Young

12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 7. 8. 9. 10. Quoted by A. McIntosh, 'Michael in his Peer Group' (Young at Eighty, p. 143). The Elmhirsts of Dartington, p. 6. M. Bulmer, 'A Scholar Outside the University', in Minerva (Spring 1985).

Author: A. Briggs

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230508521

Category: Social Science

Page: 413

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Michael Young is one of the key figures in British twentieth century history. Focusing on family, community and social change, he has cascaded ideas, in the process coining new words, like 'meritocracy'. He has also initiated or played a major role in creating new and well-known organisations. These include the Consumers' Association, the Open University, and the National and International Extension Colleges. In 1945 he drafted the Labour Party's successful election manifesto Let Us Face the Future : in 1965 he was the first Chairman of the new Social Science Research Council.
Categories: Social Science

Discourses of Empire and Commonwealth

Discourses of Empire and Commonwealth

Dorothy's artistic sensibility and influence shaped the whole Dartington estate, the programme of the school, ... of Dorothy in his book on The Elmhirsts at Dartington.24 In an appreciation written by him after Dorothy's death in 1968, ...

Author: Sandra Robinson

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004335967

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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In Discourses of Empire and Commonwealth, edited by Sandra Robinson and Alastair Niven, a range of contemporary writers and critics reflect on the legacy of imperialism and the role of writers in forging a new, more cosmopolitan identity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore

Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore

1 Leonard Knight Elmhirst ( 1893–1974 ) : agricultural economist , who founded the Dartington Trust with his wife , Dorothy ... See Michael Young , The Elmhirsts of Dartington : The Creation of an Utopian Community ( Dartington / London ...

Author: Rabindranath Tagore

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521590183

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 561

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A selection of some 350 letters spanning Nobel prize-winning writer Rabindranath Tagore's entire life - the first to be available to English readers.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Bachelor Japanists

Bachelor Japanists

Michael Young reports a vaguer remit for Tobey's work at Dartington Hall (The Elmhirsts of Dartington, 2nd ed. [Totnes, Devon: Dartington Hall Trust, 1996], 221). In Bernard Leach, Beyond East and West: Memoirs, Portraits and Essays ...

Author: Christopher Reed

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231542760

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

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Challenging clichés of Japanism as a feminine taste, Bachelor Japanists argues that Japanese aesthetics were central to contests over the meanings of masculinity in the West. Christopher Reed draws attention to the queerness of Japanist communities of writers, collectors, curators, and artists in the tumultuous century between the 1860s and the 1960s. Reed combines extensive archival research; analysis of art, architecture, and literature; the insights of queer theory; and an appreciation of irony to explore the East-West encounter through three revealing artistic milieus: the Goncourt brothers and other japonistes of late-nineteenth-century Paris; collectors and curators in turn-of-the-century Boston; and the mid-twentieth-century circles of artists associated with Seattle's Mark Tobey. The result is a groundbreaking integration of well-known and forgotten episodes and personalities that illuminates how Japanese aesthetics were used to challenge Western gender conventions. These disruptive effects are sustained in Reed's analysis, which undermines conventional scholarly investments in the heroism of avant-garde accomplishment and ideals of cultural authenticity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Garden History of Devon

The Garden History of Devon

... 2874 & Z15 , Champernowne family estate papers & 867B / Dartington Hall , estate papers , 1906–8 ; Public Record Office , Chancery Lane , 190/484 , deeds and papers of the Champernowne family ; for Dorothy Elmhirst's garden diaries ...

Author: Todd Gray

Publisher: University of Exeter Press

ISBN: 0859894533

Category: Gardening

Page: 256

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The Garden History of Devon is a reference guide to historical sources for over 200 Devon gardens. It also provides an introduction for would-be garden historians on how to conduct garden research. The book is the result of an exploration of the archival resources of Devon's garden history; the objective being to provide signposts to research material for those interested in the development of Devon's gardens. The entries, arranged alphabetically, begin with a brief section describing each garden's history, amplified by quotations from contemporary travellers and diarists; following the descriptive sections are listings of documents, printed sources and illustrations relating to each garden. The greater part of this material is unknown to garden historians.
Categories: Gardening

Michael Chekhov s Acting Technique

Michael Chekhov   s Acting Technique

Dorothy Elmhirst, along with her second husband, Leonard, had created at Dartington a school and community devoted to progressive learning ... The students auditioned for the school and the whole enterprise was funded by the Elmhirsts.

Author: Sinéad Rushe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472503473

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

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Intended for actors, directors, teachers and researchers, this book offers an exceptionally clear and thorough introduction to the renowned acting technique developed by Michael Chekhov. Sinéad Rushe's book provides a complete overview of the whole method, and includes illuminating explanations of its principles, as well as a wide range of practical exercises that illustrate, step by step, how they can be applied to dramatic texts. Part One provides an outline of the ideas that underpin the work, which help to prepare practitioners to become responsive and receptive, and to awaken their imagination. Part Two charts a journey through the foundational psychophysical exercises that can both orient an actor's training routine and be applied directly to the development of a role. Part Three focuses on more specific and elaborate methods of scene work, characterisation and the art of transformation. Drawing on the full range of Chekhov's writing in English and French, this book also examines unpublished material from the Dartington Hall archives and features interviews with actors who have worked with the technique, including Simon Callow and Joanna Merlin. It illustrates Chekhov's approach by referring to Rushe's own productions of Nikolai Gogol's short story Diary of a Madman and Shakespeare's Othello, as well as characters and scenes in Sarah Kane's Blasted and the contemporary American television series Breaking Bad. Michael Chekhov's Acting Technique is an accessible, comprehensive and contemporary point of reference for those already trained in the method, as well as an initiation and toolkit for practitioners who are just beginning to discover it.
Categories: Performing Arts

Michael Young Social Science and the British Left 1945 1970

Michael Young  Social Science  and the British Left  1945 1970

Leonard Elmhirst and Dorothy Straight were married in 1925. That same year they purchased the medieval estate of Dartington Hall in Devon . Inspired by Tagore's methods of rural reconstruction , the Elmhirsts sought to use Dartington as ...

Author: Lise Butler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192607799

Category: History

Page: 240

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In post-war Britain, left-wing policy maker and sociologist Michael Young played a major role in shaping British intellectual, political, and cultural life, using his study of the social sciences to inform his political thought. In the mid-twentieth century the social sciences significantly expanded, and played a major role in shaping British intellectual, political and cultural life. Central to this intellectual shift was the left-wing policy maker and sociologist Michael Young. As a Labour Party policy maker in the 1940s, Young was a key architect of the Party's 1945 election manifesto, 'Let Us Face the Future'. He became a sociologist in the 1950s, publishing a classic study of the East London working class, Family and Kinship in East London with Peter Willmott in 1957, which he followed up with a dystopian satire, The Rise of the Meritocracy, about a future society in which social status was determined entirely by intelligence. Young was also a prolific social innovator, founding or inspiring dozens of organisations, including the Institute of Community Studies, the Consumers' Association, Which?magazine, the Social Science Research Council and the Open University. Moving between politics, social science, and activism, Young believed that disciplines like sociology, psychology and anthropology could help policy makers and politicians understand human nature, which in turn could help them to build better political and social institutions. This book examines the relationship between social science and public policy in left-wing politics between the end of the Second World War and the end of the first Wilson government through the figure of Michael Young. Drawing on Young's prolific writings, and his intellectual and political networks, it argues that he and other social scientists and policy makers drew on contemporary ideas from the social sciences to challenge key Labour values, like full employment and nationalisation, and to argue that the Labour Party should put more emphasis on relationships, family, and community. Showing that the social sciences were embedded in the project of social democratic governance in post-war Britain, it argues that historians and scholars should take their role in British politics and political thought seriously
Categories: History

Sean O Casey

Sean O Casey

See also Young , The Elmhirsts of Dartington , pp . 230–34 . 116. SOC to Dorothy Elmhirst , 24 Oct. 1936 , cc , SOCP in NLI . 117. Eileen O'Casey to Dorothy Elmhirst , 24 Oct. 1936 , Dartington Hall Records . 118.

Author: Christopher Murray

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 0717127508

Category: Dramatists, Irish

Page: 590

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Christopher Murray's work on Sean O'Casey is a critical biography. In addition to the normal biographical elements, Dr Murray provides a strong interpretative context for the life. For example, he looks afresh at the Dublin of the 1880s and 1890s in order to provide an updated background to O'Casey's childhood. He pays a great deal of attention to the political situation from 1880 to 1922, setting it against O'Casey's own treatment in his six volumes of autobiography. In general he attempts to establish O'Casey's Ireland.This leads naturally to a fresh examination of the great Dublin trilogy, The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars, the three works on which O'Casey's reputation stands. The rejection of his next play, The Silver Tassie, by the Abbey Theatre precipitated O'Casey's move to England.
Categories: Dramatists, Irish

Marc Blitzstein

Marc Blitzstein

Victor Bonham-Carter, Dartington Hall: The Formative Years: 1925–1957 (Dulverton: Exmoor, 1958, 1970); Michael Young, The Elmhirsts of Dartington: The Creation of an Utopian Community (Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982); Dartington ...

Author: Howard Pollack

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199791590

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 618

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Award-winning music historian Howard Pollack's new biography of Marc Blitzstein deftly captures the fascinating life and career of an American composer who was openly gay and Marxist at a time when neither was acceptable to the American public. The first biographer to deal with Blitzstein's music as well as his life, Pollack delves deeply into the Blitzstein's life, uncovering new details about his marriage to novelist Eva Goldbeck and his compositional process. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, this book is a must-have for any fan of Broadway or American music.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Going Modern and Being British

Going Modern and Being British

The initial energy for the Dartington experiment was provided by Leonard , but in time he settled into a life of committees . Professionally he saw himself as an Agricultural Economist . Dorothy Elmhirst . 1887-1968 .

Author: Sam Smiles

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1871516951

Category: Architecture

Page: 156

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This volume accepts that in the 20th century imagination, Devon has often been portrayed as the antitheses of an urban, technological modernism a place of nostalig retreat from change - yet argues that it has not been isolated from modernism.
Categories: Architecture

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

From notes on Elmhirst lecture to Dartington music students. He spoke each year to new students about Dartington's origins and his association with Tagore. Elmhirst, 'Personal Memoirs of Tagore' (unpublished), Dartington Records Office.

Author: Rabindranath Tagore

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349091331

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 164

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Tagore, a Bengalese writer, artist and thinker won the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature and became an international celebrity. These essays arose from an international Tagore Conference held in London in 1986 which aimed to reassess the range of his achievement and the catholicity of his thought.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Michael Chekhov Technique in the Twenty First Century

Michael Chekhov Technique in the Twenty First Century

A discussion of the socio-historic and artistic background of Dartington Hall is needed to place the archive in a broader context. Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst founded the Dartington Hall community and project in 1925.

Author: Cass Fleming

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474273213

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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The culmination of an innovative practice research project, Michael Chekhov in the Twenty-First Century: New Pathways draws on historical writings and archival materials to investigate how Chekhov's technique can be used across the disciplines of contemporary performance and applied practice. In contrast to the narrow, actor training-only analysis that dominated 20th-century explorations of the technique, authors Cass Fleming and Tom Cornford, along with contributors Caoimhe McAvinchey, Roanna Mitchell, Daron Oram and Sinéad Rushe, focus on devising, directing and collective creation, dramaturgy and collaborative playwriting, scenography, voice, movement and dance, as well as socially-engaged and therapeutic practices, all of which are at the forefront of international theatre-making. The book collectively offers a thorough and fascinating investigation into new uses of Michael Chekhov's technique, providing practical strategies and principles alongside theoretical discussion.
Categories: Performing Arts

Europe Meets America

Europe Meets America

William Whitney and, from 1925 on, promoter of the New York Elmhirst Committee).106 Inaugurated by the restoration of the ancient medieval core, ... See M. Young, The Elmhirsts of Dartington (Devon: Dartington Hall Trust, 1996).

Author: Gaia Caramellino

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443898423

Category: Political Science

Page: 270

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An analysis of the New York professional milieu between the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the aftermath of WWII reveals an unexpected scenario, in which diverse branches of technical culture and professional and institutional spheres often overlap, and initiatives in the field of architecture are characterised by tensions between designers and technicians, which pave the way for issues of architects’ autonomy, responsibility and social roles in the New Deal. From an initial portrayal of William Lescaze (1896–1969) as an unconventional figure “straddling two continents,” this book challenges a long-established interpretation that sees Lescaze exclusively as promoter of the International Style canons in the United States. Moving beyond it, this book focuses on the role that the Swiss architect played in defining the main features of New York social housing and in the evolution that marks the encounter between European modernity and an American federal scene still profoundly tied to local conventions. From an initially difficult status as an émigré to his involvement in decisional processes and bureaucratic organisations, Lescaze’s professional progress coincides with the gradual acceptance of European forms and models, which, little by little, became part of the institutional language related to public housing which would remain prevalent in New York City until the end of WWII. Drawing from yet-unpublished archival sources pertaining to two fields – housing and architecture – which have traditionally been separate in American historiography, this book sheds light on many crucial issues in a branch of architecture that is particularly relevant today.
Categories: Political Science

The Making of Indian Secularism

The Making of Indian Secularism

Michael Young, The Elmhirsts of Dartington (Dartington, 1996), pp. 9–32. Leonard K. Elmhirst, 'Personal reminiscences' in Elmhirst, Poet and plowman (Calcutta, 1975), pp. 79–80. This book includes the diary he kept when at Sriniketan, ...

Author: N. Chatterjee

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230298088

Category: History

Page: 337

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A unique study of how a deeply religious country like India acquired the laws and policies of a secular state, highlighting the contradictory effects of British imperial policies, the complex role played by Indian Christians, and how this highly divided community shaped its own identity and debated that of their new nation.
Categories: History

Gropius

Gropius

1925 Elmhirst married Dorothy Straight, an American widow five years older than himself. ... On their marriage the Elmhirsts bought the Dartington estate in rural Devon, a run-down tract of land of almost a thousand acres with a ...

Author: Fiona MacCarthy

Publisher: Belknap Press

ISBN: 9780674737853

Category: ARCHITECTURE

Page: 560

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Fiona MacCarthy challenges the image of Walter Gropius as a doctrinaire architectural rationalist, bringing out the vision and courage that carried him through a politically hostile age. Approaching the Bauhaus founder from all angles, she offers a poignant personal story, one that reexamines the urges that drove Euro-American modernism as a whole.
Categories: ARCHITECTURE