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Why the Romantics Matter
Peter Gay

With his usual wit and élan, esteemed historian Peter Gay enters the contentious, long-standing debates over the romantic period. Here, in this concise and inviting volume, he reformulates the definition of romanticism and provides a fresh account of the immense achievements of romantic writers and artists in all media.


Gay’s scope is wide, his insights sharp. He takes on the recurring questions about how to interpret romantic figures and their works. Who qualifies to be a romantic? What ties together romantic figures who practice in different countries, employ different media, even live in different centuries? How is modernism indebted to romanticism, if at all?


Guiding readers through the history of the...

Why X Matters Series

2015   176 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300144291  $24.00

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Stalin's Music Prize
Soviet Culture and Politics

Work / Travail / Arbeid
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Why Acting Matters

The Time We Share
Reflecting on and through Performing Arts—One Introduction, Three Acts, and Two Intermezzos

Nietzsche's Orphans
Music, Metaphysics, and the Twilight of the Russian Empire

America Dancing
From the Cakewalk to the Moonwalk

Musical Instruments
Highlights of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Songs of Johannes Brahms

The Art of Music

Real Life Rock
The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014

Leap Before You Look
Black Mountain College 1933–1957

Serial Black Face

The Power of Pictures
Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film

The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

The Ballet Lover's Companion

Béla Bartók

Through the Looking Glass

Monteverdi’s Musical Theatre

Frank Loesser

Jerome Kern

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