Hunting the Highbrow

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Vanessa Bell, front cover of "Hunting the Highbrow"

Source: Bruce Peel Library

Image Rights Holder: Henrietta Garnett

Hunting the Highbrow




An important intervention into the "brows" debate. In it Leonard comes across as promoting aesthetic values that he sees as possibly incompatible with a larger public, though he wishes that they weren't: "the highbrow is genuinely attracted by elements in literature . . . which may conveniently be called aesthetic, and which are not primarily interesting or attractive to the great public."

Hogarth Essays, Second Series, No. 5.