Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture by Carl E. SchorskeA landmark book from one of the original scholars of our time: a magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political & social disintegration so much of modern art & 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 & ambitious craftsmen. It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernisms defiant suggestion that history is obsolete.--David A. Hollinger, History Book Club Review
Each of [7 separate studies] can be read separately...Yet they are so artfully designed & integrated that one who reads them in order is impressed by the books wholeness & 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, NY Times Book Review
Invaluable to the social & political historian...as well as to those more concerned with the arts.-- John Willett, NY Review of Books
A work of original synthesis & scholarship. Engrossing.--Newsweek
This edition contains:
Politics & the psyche: Schnitzler & Hoffmannsthal
The Ringstrasse, its critics & the birth of urban modernism
Politics in a new key: an Austrian trio
Politics & patricide in Freuds Interpretation of dreams
Gustav Klimt: painting & the crisis of the liberal ego
The transformation of the garden
Explosion in the garden: Kokoschka & Schoenberg
The Schorske Century
Robert Weldon Whalen. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, Reviewed by Timothy E. Schorske tied the vitality of Viennese modernism to the crisis and ultimate failure of liberalism in Austria. Schorske's synthetic view of culture and politics revealed three generations of Viennese politicians, cultural theorists, and artists between and Each generation represented a unique, more radical, more alienated form of cultural experience.
It was destroyed by the S. A book can change a life; so, even, can a magazine article. Then a resident of the not particularly dreamlike metropolis of Washington, D. Its author, a towering figure in the academic world, died on September 13th, at the age of a hundred; more than a few remembrances attested to the mind-altering impact of his great collection of essays, which has shown generations of readers how even the most rarefied artistic creations are indivisible from social reality. No less important, Schorske overran the boundaries of specialist writing, pursuing the trajectories of figures from various disciplines: Freud, Otto Wagner, Schnitzler, Hofmannsthal, Klimt, Schoenberg, Kokoschka. I was captivated first by the cover —one of the most winning book covers ever made. The designer Fred Marcellino adapted it from a Klimt poster , following a suggestion made by Jeffrey Seroy, then an editorial assistant at Knopf.
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