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Title:
Fin-de-siècle Vienna : politics and culture
Author:
Schorske, Carl E.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf : distributed by Random House, [1979]

©1979
Physical Description:
xxx, 378 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780394505961
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time: a magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political and social disintegration so much of modern art and thought was born. "Not only is it a splendid exploration of several aspects of early modernism in their political context; it is an indicator of how the discipline of intellectual history is currently practiced by its most able and ambitious craftsmen. It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernism's defiant suggestion that history is obsolete." -- David A. Hollinger, History Book Club Review "Each of [the seven separate studies] can be read separately....Yet they are so artfully designed and integrated that one who reads them in order is impressed by the book's wholeness and the momentum of its argument." -- Gordon A. Craig, The New Republic "A profound work...on one of the most important chapters of modern intellectual history" -- H.R. Trevor-Roper, front page, The New York Times Book Review "Invaluable to the social and political historian...as well as to those more concerned with the arts" -- John Willett, The New York Review of Books "A work of original synthesis and scholarship. Engrossing." -- Newsweek


Author Notes

Carl Emil Schorske was born in the Bronx, New York on March 15, 1915. He received a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a master's degree from Harvard University before serving in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. After the war, he returned to Harvard for his Ph.D. He taught at several universities including the University of California, Berkeley, Princeton University, and Wesleyan University. In 1966, he was one of 10 "great teachers" pictured on the cover of Time magazine.

He wrote several books during his lifetime including Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture, German Social Democracy, 1905-1917, and Thinking with History: Explorations in the Passage to Modernism. In 1981, he received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and was among the first class of recipients of a MacArthur fellowship, the so-called genius award. He died on September 13, 2015 at the age of 100.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I Politics and the Psyche
Schnitzler and Hofmannstahl
II The Ringstrasse
Its Critics, and the Birth of Urban Modernism
III Politics in a New Key
An Austrian Trio
IV Politics and Patricide in Freud's
Interpretation of Dreams
V Gustav Klimt
Painting and the Crisis of the Liberal Ego
VI The Transformation of the Garden
VII Explosions in the Garden
Kokoschka and Schoenberg
Index