Modernism: Book by Peter Gay

Modernism

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ISBN: 9780099441960    Publisher: Random House Year of publishing: 2009     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 640        Language: English
Acclaimed cultural historian Peter Gay traces and explores the rise of artistic Modernism, the cultural movement that heralded and shaped the modern world, dominating western high culture for over a century.Peter...Read more
Acclaimed cultural historian Peter Gay traces and explores the rise of artistic Modernism, the cultural movement that heralded and shaped the modern world, dominating western high culture for over a century.Peter Gay's most ambitious endeavour since 'Freud' explores the shocking modernist rebellion that, beginning in the 1840s, transformed art, literature, music, and film with its assault on traditional forms. Beginning his epic study with Baudelaire, whose lurid poetry scandalised French stalwarts, Gay traces the revolutionary path of modernism from its Parisian origins to its emergence as the dominant cultural movement in world capitals such as Berlin and New York. A work unique in its breadth and brilliance, 'Modernism' presents a thrilling pageant of heretics that includes (among others) Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso, and D. W. Griffiths; James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and T. S. Eliot; Walter Gropius, Arnold Schoenberg, and (of course!) Andy Warhol. Finally, Gay examines the hostility of totalitarian regimes to modernist freedom and the role of Pop Art in sounding the death knell of a movement that dominated Western culture for 120 yea Lavishly illustrated, 'Modernism' is a superlative achievement by one of our greatest historians.
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About the author: Peter Gay
Peter Gay's first volume of his two-volume work, 'The Enlightenment: An Interpretation', won a National Book Award, and his bestselling 'Freud: A Life... Read more
Peter Gay's first volume of his two-volume work, 'The Enlightenment: An Interpretation', won a National Book Award, and his bestselling 'Freud: A Life for Our Time 'was finalist for the National Book Award. His other numerous works include studies on the eighteenth century, 'Voltaire's Politics' and 'The Party of Humanity', and essays on the writing of history, 'Style in History' and 'Art and Act'. The recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, and Overseas fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge, and the Heineken Prize for Historical Study, Peter Gay is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University.
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Review:
Beautifully written, wide-ranging and psychologically acute, Modernism: The Lure of Heresy is a celebration of the subversive energies that decisively transformed art and culture in the late...Read more
Beautifully written, wide-ranging and psychologically acute, Modernism: The Lure of Heresy is a celebration of the subversive energies that decisively transformed art and culture in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At once bracingly intelligent and elegiac, Gay's magisterial book is richly rewarding for anyone who wants to understand the fractured world we have all inherited" -- Stephen Greenblatt "Superbly researched and well recounted. The extent to which many [modernists] "sold out" to their wealthy patrons, adopting the values they once scorned, makes for some engrossing reading" Scotsman "Highly readable, well-illustrated...an intelligent and exciting account of creative individuals and the times in which they worked... An enormous achievement" New Statesman "An exhaustive and lively summary" -- James Urquhart Financial Times "Written... with a polymathematical verve which carried me with him to the end" -- Nicholas Bagnall Sunday Telegraph
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