Schnitzler's Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture 1815-1914 with: Ephemera. Peter Gay.
Schnitzler's Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture 1815-1914 with: Ephemera
Schnitzler's Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture 1815-1914 with: Ephemera
Schnitzler's Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture 1815-1914 with: Ephemera
Schnitzler's Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture 1815-1914 with: Ephemera

Schnitzler's Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture 1815-1914 with: Ephemera

ISBN: 0393048934
New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. "We have always believed that Queen Victoria defined the mores of the nineteenth century. Yet Peter Gay, one of our most eminent cultural historians, asserts in this radical work that it is the sexually emboldened Viennese playwright Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931), the most influential Austrian writer of his time, who provides a better symbol for the age. Why Schnitzler? Although he was hardly the archetypal bourgeois citizen of his cultured society, Schnitzler was, as Gay comments in his preface, "endowed with qualities that make him a credible and resourceful witness to the middle-class world," whose emergence Gay so dramatically chronicles. Thus, Schnitzler becomes "a kind of master of ceremonies," an historical figure whose problematic parental relationship, sexual obsessions, much-catalogued romances, and troubling neuroses serve as the impetus to broader investigations of nineteenth-century history." (from front flap) A deep, sweeping & provocative work of social history by Peter Gay (born Peter Joachim Frohlich, 1923-2015), the great & prolific German-Jewish-American historian. The birth & development of Europe's (& ultimately the world's) "middle-class culture" is here traced from the early-nineteenth through early twentieth-centuries, with a central focus on the Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler's profound influence on our understanding of this elusive phenomenon. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $27.95 price printed on front flap, "11-01" on rear flap), first edition as stated on copyright page, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. We found & have retained, between blank red-colored rear endpaper & paste-down, two pieces of relevant ephemera: The original review of this volume by Phyllis Rose in the November 11, 2001 issue of the New York Times Book Review; & Robert Taylor's review in an unknown, undated newspaper (possibly the Wall Street Journal). Two clipped, much-folded pages in fine condition with only mild browning, minor edge & corner wear. A fascinating & rewarding study by the canonical Peter Gay, in its rarest original form & with enriching ephemera. Book in very fine condition with only a touch of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; very light rubbing to lower edge of text block. Interior very fine, substantially mint. Dust jacket fine with only a hint of rubbing to front, back covers & spine; some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same & flaps; one very short, mostly closed tear at upper spine-front cover corner with miniscule loss of paper. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #4949]

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