Modernism by Peter Gay
The Lure of Heresy

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“Rich, learned, briskly written, maddening yet necessary study.”—Lee Siegel, New York Times Book Review

Peter Gay explores the shocking modernist rebellion that, beginning in the 1840s, transformed art, literature, music, and film. Modernism presents a thrilling pageant of heretics that includes Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso, D. W. Griffiths, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Walter Gropius, Arnold Schoenberg, and (of course!) Andy Warhol.
 

About Peter Gay

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Peter Gay is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time. He lives in New York City.
 
Published August 16, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 637 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Travel. Non-fiction

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“Like a seasoned animal tamer,” he writes, “Woolf cracked her whip on her prose and made the most feral brute cringe at her orders.” Proust and Kafka also merit much attention before the music begins and the dancers leap onto the stage.

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Yet although Gay writes beautifully about Kafka, about Proust on grief, about authentic middle-class hunger for modernist liberations and about the final scene of recognition and unspeakable shame in Chaplin’s “City Lights” — to take just four examples among many — he seems to find it more useful...

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Modernism, the artistic revolution that began with the poetry of Charles Baudelaire in the 1840s and quietly expired in the 1960s with Andy Warhol’s Brillo boxes, enjoyed “a good long run.” So Peter Gay concludes in the final sentence of “Modernism: The Lure of Heresy From Baudelaire to Beckett a...

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It was not that French conditions kept creating figures resembling Baudelaire, about whom Gay histrionically writes that he was “an outcast aware of his loneliness” — though, as Gay admits, Baudelaire lived at the center of Parisian cultural energy.

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Modernism: The Lure of Heresy - From Baudelaire to Beckett and Beyond by Peter Gay Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Comparing modernis...

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Modernism: The Lure of Heresy, from Baudelaire to Beckett and Beyond by Peter Gay 610pp, Heinemann, £20 "Astonish me!"

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The Guardian

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Modernism: The Lure of Heresy by Peter Gay Heinemann, £20, pp640 Modernism, as a puffed-out Peter Gay concludes at the end of this extended survey, 'has had rather a long run'.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A stunningly ambitious history of the Modernism movement in art, literature, music and architecture by American cultural historian Peter Gay provides a compelling synthesis to the myriad of strands of the Modernist movement that will be essential reading for A level and undergraduate stu...

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London Review of Books

Eliot, to the self-contradictory nature of a good deal of the modern impulse, he is not willing to go on to acknowledge that political modern and cultural modern had a symbiotic relationship.

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Project MUSE

In his new book, Lawrence Schehr examines the portrayals of "overtly gay male characters having social and often sexual relations with one another" (1) in French narratives from the first four decades of the twentieth century.

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