The Lure of Heresy : From Baudelaire to Beckett and Beyond

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WW Norton
A celebration of subversives: the first one-volume history of the greatest cultural movement since the Enlightenment.

Baker & Taylor
Traces the rise of Modernism in the arts from its inception in the mid-nineteenth century to its end in the wake of the development of Pop Art, analyzing its influences on the fields of literature, poetry, music, and other art forms and profiling key figures.

Norton Pub
A celebration of subversives: the first one-volume history of the greatest cultural movement since the Enlightenment.
Peter Gay's most ambitious endeavor 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 scandalized 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 years. Lavishly illustrated, Modernism is a superlative achievement by one of our greatest historians.

Book News
This is not a history of the rise, triumph, and decline of modernism, insists Gay (emeritus, Yale U.), though he is a laureled veteran American historian; though--while taking such liberties as old men can and must--he moves in a chronological direction both across and within chapters; though he strays at times from the formal analysis of novels and sculptures and buildings to place the works of their modernist creators within a framework of references historians have constructed. It is not a psychoanalysis of modernism either, he says but closer to one than to a history. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A history of the modernist rebellion cites the contributions of such figures as Baudelaire, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol to literature, music, and other art forms, in a cultural study that evaluates the path of modernism from its Parisian origins throughout other regions of the world.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2008]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780393052053
Branch Call Number: 700.9 Gay 2008
Characteristics: xxii, 610 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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