Schnitzler's Century by Peter Gay
The Making of Middle-Class Culture, 1815-1914

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"This is cultural history of the first order, and it is liberal and humane history at its very best."—David Cannadine

An essential work for anyone who wishes to understand the social history of the nineteenth century, Schnitzler's Century is the culmination of Peter Gay's thirty-five years of scholarship on bourgeois culture and society. Using Arthur Schnitzler, the sexually emboldened Viennese playwright, as his master of ceremonies, Gay offers a brilliant reexamination of the hundred-year period that began with the defeat of Napoleon and concluded with the conflagration of 1914. This is a defining work by one of America's greatest historians.

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 November 17, 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company. 368 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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From distinguished social historian Gay (Pleasure Wars, 1998, etc.), an unusually vivid account of the development of bourgeois mores during the 19th century, filtered somewhat eccentrically through the life and experiences of Viennese playwright Arthur Schnitzler.

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Familiar to readers of Gay's earlier volumes, the stories are reprised in ''Schnitzler's Century,'' which Gay calls a ''synthesis.'' In a gesture meant to be as witty and naughty as assuredly it is tin-eared, Gay dedicates the century he has s...

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Schnitzler's Century, by Peter Gay (Norton, £12.95) You will know the Viennese storyteller and playwright Arthur Schnitzler because he wrote Reigen, filmed as the wonderful La Ronde by Ophüls, staged by David Hare as The Blue Room;

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