The Gallery of Miracles and Madness: Insanity, Modernism, and Hitler's War on Art

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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Charlie English is a former journalist for The Guardian, where he held several positions including arts editor and head of international news. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the author of two previous books, The Storied City and The Snow Tourist, he has traveled and reported widely around the globe. He lives in London with his family.


"English takes us through uncharted artistic waters in a narrative of great humanity: a gripping journey into art, madness and modern history."--Jonathan Jones, art critic, The Guardian

"Dazzling . . . The Gallery of Miracles and Madness explores a little-known chapter of World War II--the story of psychiatric art and the rise of the Third Reich. This poignant narrative centers on the complicated psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn and the eccentric patient artists whose work helped usher in a new epoch of the modernist avant-garde only to become fodder for Hitler's hateful ideology of 'degeneration.' Richly wrought and deeply researched, it's also a salient reminder to beware of pseudoscience."--Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire and The Great Pretender

"A riveting tale, brilliantly told."--Philippe Sands, author of East West Street

"In this fascinating account, journalist English (Book Smugglers of Timbuktu) unpacks Hitler's mad campaign against mentally ill artists. . . . In musing on the definition of art, limitations of clinical psychology, and the rise of fascism, English's story feels strikingly relevant. While shedding new light on this piece of history, English also provides a cautionary tale for the future."--Publishers Weekly