Wyndham Lewis was born in 1882 and died in 1957. Before the First World War he was at the heart of the British avant-garde and creator of Vorticism and Blast. He fought in the artillery during the war, a time recalled in his memoir Blasting and Bombadiering. His major novels include Tarr, The Apes of God, Rotting Hill, The Revenge for Love (also now available in Penguin Modern Classics), The Childermass and Self-Condemned. His paintings and drawings are held in many collections around the world, most notably Tate Britain.