Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) was one of the great modernist painters, writers, and cultural critics. He is known for the magazine BLAST (1914-15); for leading Vorticism, the British avant-garde art movement; and for such novels as Tarr (1918), The Apes of God (1930), and The Revenge for Love (1937). He was a prophet of the global society, which the World Wide Web signifies by its very existence. This website will guide those who want to know about Lewis's life and work, and the scholarship which responds to them. The Wyndham Lewis Society publishes The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies (JWLS), a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal, and the Lewisletter (LL), a yearly bulletin.

[Website maintained and curated by Nathan Waddell, University of Birmingham, UK.]

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Latest News

Student Reviews of IWM North Exhibition

By Nathan Waddell

The recent exhibition of Lewis's paintings at Imperial War Museum North attracted a lot of attention in the national press. Excitingly, it also attracted attention from several undergraduate students at the University of Salford. Two review-responses to the exhibition, by Polly Riggs and Noman Mohammad, are now available for download below. Our thanks to Dr Caroline Magennis for sending on these reviews, which impressively attest to the complexity of Lewis's work and to the difficulties involved in presenting it responsibly to different kinds of audience.

Review by Polly Riggs.

Review by Noman Mohammad.


CFP 'JWLS' 2018

By Nathan Waddell
Special Issue (2018) of The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies (Tarr: 100 years on)

Wyndham Lewis’s quintessentially modernist novel Tarr was published in 1918 (Knopf, USA; Egoist Press, UK). To commemorate the centenary of the novel’s publication, the 2018 volume of JWLS seeks 7,000- to 10,000-word essays reconsidering Tarr’s significance, legacy, and meaning.

Latest Blog

Events of Interest

By Nathan Waddell

An up-to-date list of academic events of interest to scholars of Lewis and modernism can be located on the BAMS website.


Picture1The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies
(formerly the Wyndham Lewis Annual) is the primary academic journal devoted to the study of Lewis's painting, writing, and cultural contexts.

Articles considering Lewis's work in any respect will be gratefully received. To submit, or to discuss an idea for, an article, please contact Nathan Waddell.

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