Search Results: "Peter Gay"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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: 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 >

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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 >

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PETER WATSON
by Gregory McNamee

Five hundred-odd years ago, in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist—a term then unknown—was a person of many parts, someone who might work in fields ranging from chemistry to botany, astronomy to metallurgy, to divine the hidden order of the universe.

Even as recently as the early Victorian idea, writes British science historian Peter Watson in his new ...


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MAKING MISCHIEF
by Julie Danielson

One of my favorite pieces of writing in children’s literature, which began life as a lecture at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, is Patricia Lee Gauch’s “The Picture Book as an Act of Mischief,” which can be read here at the Horn Book’s site. Gauch starts out by paying loving tribute to children as mischief-makers—“Someone who ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NOAH'S ARK by Owen Gay
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2017

"Engaging material for little ones embarking on their relationships with God. (Board book. 1-2)"
The Bible tale in board-book format. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"B&w photos. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Gay's extensive experience in covering controversial issues is put to good use here. Read full book review >

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AIR POLLUTION by Kathlyn Gay
NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Helpful glossary; source notes; bibliography; list of organizations to contact; index. (Nonfiction. YA)"
A comprehensive, up-to-date, well-balanced look at our industrialized society's poisoning of the air we breathe. Read full book review >