Search Results: "Peter Gay"


BOOK REVIEW

PETER by Kate Walker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"David, a wiser head, comfortable with his preference, one who can offer physical affection without sexual overtones; and, in Peter, a realistically distressed teenager who is finally able to muster enough perspective to weather his crisis. (Fiction. YA)"
When he finds himself attracted to his older brother's gay friend David, Peter is plunged into the kind of sexual uncertainty many young men feel. Read full book review >

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THE CULTIVATION OF HATRED by Peter Gay
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

"His argument is occasionally untidy, perhaps simplistic, but Gay proves here to be fascinating, original, and humane—a genial guide even when so concerned with conflict."
With sweep, erudition, and insight, Gay (History/Yale Reading Freud, 1990, etc.), in this third volume of a projected five-book history of middle-class culture in 19th-century Europe and America (The Tender Passion, 1986; Education of the Senses, 1983), explores aggression as both a constructive and destructive force in Victorian life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"A splendid, if idiosyncratic, portrait."
From distinguished social historian Gay (Pleasure Wars, 1998, etc.), an unusually vivid account of the development of bourgeois mores during the 19th century, filtered somewhat eccentrically through the life and experiences of Viennese playwright Arthur Schnitzler. Read full book review >

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MY GERMAN QUESTION by Peter Gay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Perhaps this is because, as Gay states in his acknowledgments, setting down this account proved 'the least exhilarating assignment I have ever given myself or received from others.' (50 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A disappointingly lackluster memoir focusing on the six boyhood years (1933—39) Gay spent in Nazi Berlin. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 19, 1998

The fifth and concluding volume in Gay's reexamination of the 19th-century middle classes, this one focusing—with the author's customary grace and intelligence—on their attitudes toward the arts. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Stimulating, but not nearly as good as it should be. (photos, not seen)"
The fourth volume in Gay's series on 19th-century bourgeois culture (The Tender Passion, 1986, etc.): readable and intelligent, though debatable in its methodology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A vastly intelligent, comprehensively procured treat for film buffs, gay or otherwise."
Articulate career analyses of five multitalented, openly gay male film directors. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Nevertheless, Robinson covers an impressive amount of previously unsurveyed ground. (15 photos, not seen)"
Cultural historian Robinson (Humanities/Stanford; Freud and His Critics, not reviewed, etc.) examines provocatively a century's worth of authors whose homosexuality is a central subject of their autobiographical narratives. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"A complex character—compassionate, noble, but deeply troubled—sometimes peeks out, but Schaap's gee- whiz prose is as unsubtle as Waddell's diary entries addressed to his infant daughter. (Photos, not seen)"
An unrelentingly shallow biography of the decathlete and physician who founded the Gay Games, incorporating extensive chunks of Waddell's diary from the last five years of his life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 1992

An insightful and iconoclastic series of essays on gay issues, by Mohr (Philosophy/Univ. of Illinois at Urbana; Gays/Justice, 1990, etc.—not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"An educational summary and analysis of a most miraculous cultural era."
A veteran cultural historian weighs in with an encyclopedic account of the fecund 120 years that engendered artists as varied and brilliant as Frank Lloyd Wright, T. S. Eliot and Marcel Proust. Read full book review >

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MOZART by Peter Gay
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Though short on local color, Gay's book is a lucid and concise account of the facts that fed the legend."
In the ‘60s, Yale historian Gay won a National Book Award for a history of the Enlightenment; for the third installment of the Penguin Lives he depicts the lightning career of its greatest musical mind. Read full book review >