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Why the Romantics Matter

Why the Romantics Matter (Hardback)

By Gay, Peter

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Guiding readers through the history of the romantic movement across Britain, France, Germany, and Switzerland, the author argues that the best way to conceptualize romanticism is to accept its complicated nature and acknowledge that there is no single basket to contain it.

ISBN 9780300144291
Barcode 9780300144291
Published 15 December 2014 by Yale University Press
Format Hardback
Series Why X Matters
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ISBN-13 9780300144291
ISBN-10 0300144296
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Yale University Press
Imprint Yale University Press
Publication Date 15 December 2014
International Publication Date 13 January 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Gay, Peter
Series Why X Matters
Category Art Styles: Romanticism
Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 299g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Romanticism in art, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General, PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics, ART / History / Romanticism
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 700.4145
Catalogue Code 537809

Description of this Book

With his usual wit and elan, esteemed historian Peter Gay enters the contentious, long-standing debates over the romantic period. Here, in this concise and inviting volume, he reformulates the definition of romanticism and provides a fresh account of the immense achievements of romantic writers and artists in all media. Gay's scope is wide, his insights sharp. He takes on the recurring questions about how to interpret romantic figures and their works. Who qualifies to be a romantic? What ties together romantic figures who practice in different countries, employ different media, even live in different centuries? How is modernism indebted to romanticism, if at all? Guiding readers through the history of the romantic movement across Britain, France, Germany, and Switzerland, Gay argues that the best way to conceptualize romanticism is to accept its complicated nature and acknowledge that there is no single basket to contain it. Gay conceives of romantics in families , whose individual members share fundamental values but retain unique qualities. He concludes by demonstrating that romanticism extends well into the twentieth century, where its deep and lasting impact may be measured in the work of writers such as T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review In this instructive and insightful book, a capstone to a career that has now spanned more than six decades, Peter Gay muses with characteristic brilliance and learning about the deep connections between Romanticism and Modernism, and how they have shaped the way the modern age thinks and feels. --David A. Bell, Princeton University--David A. Bell
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Peter Gay is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University, and former director of the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers. He is the author of dozens of books and has won numerous awards for his scholarship, including the National Book Award and a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York City.

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