Why the Romantics Matter

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Yale University Press
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5.4 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author
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.
"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
"With his usual deft, even chatty style, Peter Gay leads us through the paradoxes of the major European Romantics and documents their impact on Modernism. There is no page in his book that is not thoughtful and witty."--Geoffrey Hartman, author of The Eighth Day: Poems Old and New--Geoffrey Hartman
"With Peter Gay's characteristic elegance and erudition, Why the Romantics Matter celebrates the power of Romanticism from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth--a movement whose energies are inseparable from the self-image of men and women today."--David Bromwich, Yale University--David Bromwich
"Highly readable."--Robert Fulford, National Post--Robert Fulford "National Post "
'Until now the Romantic period was almost the only one about which prolific cultural historian Gay (now in his 90's) had not written. Part of the Yale Why X Matters series, his erudite and idiosyncratic narrative argues the importance of Beethoven, Wilde and Kadinsky (his favoured exemplars, among many) to the developing story of art.'--Peter Swaab, the Sunday Telegraph.
-- (02/15/2015)
Winner of the 2015 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize given by the International Conference on Romanticism.-- (12/31/2015)