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"My definition of modernism took a while to develop." -- Peter Gay
Peter Gay (born June 20, 1923) is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and former director of the New York Public Library's Center for Scholars and Writers (1997—2003). Gay received the American Historical Association's (AHA) Award for Scholarly Distinction in 2004. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment: An Interpretation (1969), the best-selling Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider, (1968), and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time. (1988)

Peter Gay was born in Berlin, Germany in 1923 and emigrated to the United States in 1941. He received his BA from the University of Denver in Colorado in 1946, and his MA and Ph.D from Columbia University in 1947 and 1951, respectively. He studied for one year at University College, London. He has also been recognized with several honorary doctorates. From 1962 to 1969 he was Professor of History at Columbia University. He joined Yale University’s History Department as Professor of Comparative and Intellectual European History in 1969, and was named Sterling Professor of History in 1984.

According to the American Historical Association's Award Citation, Gay's range of "scholarly achievements is truly remarkable". His 1959 book, Voltaire's Politics examined Voltaire as a politician and how his politics influenced the ideas that Voltaire championed in his writings. Gay followed the success of Voltaire's Politics with a wider history of the Enlightenment, The Enlightenment: An Interpretation (1969), for which he was honored with the National Book Award in 1967 and the Mecher Book Prize. Gay's 1968 book, Weimar Culture was considered at the time to be a ground-breaking cultural history of the Weimar Republic. Starting in 1978 with Freud, Jews and Other Germans, an examination of the impact of Freudian ideas on German culture, Gay has become increasingly interested in psychology. Many of his works focus on the social impact of psychoanalysis. Gay is a leading champion of Psychohistory and an admirer of Sigmund Freud.

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Total Books: 143
Why the Romantics Matter
2015 - Why the Romantics Matter [Why X Matters Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780300144291
ISBN-10: 0300144296
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Politics & Social Sciences

The Enlightenment The Rise of Modern Paganism
2015 - The Enlightenment the Rise of Modern Paganism [Hardcover - Chinese Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9787208125766
ISBN-10: 7208125767

Freud Uma Vida Para O Nosso Tempo
2012 - Freud Uma VIda Para O Nosso Tempo [Ed. Economica - Em Portugues do Brasil] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788535920659
ISBN-10: 853592065X

La cultura de Weimar
2011 - La Cultura De Weimar (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788449325144
ISBN-10: 8449325145
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting

Modernism The Lure of Heresy
2010 - Modernism the Lure of Heresy (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393333961
ISBN-10: 0393333965
Genre: Arts & Photography
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

2006 - Mozart [A Penguin Life] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143037736
ISBN-10: 0143037730
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

Freud A Life for Our Time
2006 - Freud a Life for Our Time (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393328615
ISBN-10: 0393328619
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Health, Fitness & Dieting
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

2006 - Freud (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781904435532
ISBN-10: 190443553X

Fischer Abiturwissen  Sozialkunde
2004 - Fischer Abiturwissen Sozialkunde (Other)
ISBN-13: 9783596156108
ISBN-10: 3596156106

Savage Reprisals Bleak House Madame Bovary Buddenbrooks
2003 - Savage Reprisals Bleak House Madame Bovary Buddenbrooks (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393325096
ISBN-10: 0393325091
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Schnitzler's Century The Making of MiddleClass Culture 18151914
2002 - Schnitzler's Century the Making of Middleclass Culture 18151914 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393323634
ISBN-10: 0393323633
Genre: History
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Freud une vie tome 1
2002 - Freud Une VIe Tome 1 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012790544
ISBN-10: 2012790542

Freud une vie tome 2
2002 - Freud Une VIe Tome 2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782012790551
ISBN-10: 2012790550

Weimar Culture The Outsider as Insider
2001 - Weimar Culture the Outsider As Insider (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393322392
ISBN-10: 0393322394
Genre: History
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2001 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783546002271
ISBN-10: 354600227X

Erziehung der Sinne Sexualitt im brgerlichen Zeitalter
2000 - Erziehung Der Sinne Sexualitt Im Brgerlichen Zeitalter (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783442727513
ISBN-10: 3442727510

2000 - Mozart [Penguin Lives Audio] (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9780736649445
ISBN-10: 0736649441
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Biographies & Memoirs, General
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Kult der Gewalt Aggression im brgerlichen Zeitalter
2000 - Kult Der Gewalt Aggression Im Brgerlichen Zeitalter (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783442755547
ISBN-10: 3442755549

My German Question  Growing Up in Nazi Berlin
1999 - My German Question Growing Up in Nazi Berlin (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780300080704
ISBN-10: 0300080700
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Brger und Boheme Kunstkriege des 19 Jahrhunderts
1999 - Brger Und Boheme Kunstkriege Des 19 Jahrhunderts (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783406454257
ISBN-10: 3406454259

The Tender Passion The Bourgeois Experience Victoria to Freud Volume 2
1997 - Naked Heart [The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud, Vol. 4 - v. 4] (Hardcover)
1996 - The Naked Heart [Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud] (Paperback)
1993 - The Cultivation of Hatred [Gay, Peter//Bourgeois Experience] (Hardcover)
1987 - The Tender Passion [The Bourgeois Experience : Victoria to Freud, Vol 2] (Paperback)
1985 - The Bourgeois Experience VIctoria to Freud Volume 1 Education of the Senses [The Bourgeois Experience : Victoria to Freud, Vol 1] (Paperback)
1984 - Education of the Senses [Gay, Peter//Bourgeois Experience] (Hardcover)
1977 - Inhibitions Symptoms and Anxiety [Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud] (Paperback)
1975 - Historians at Work [vol. 003] (Hardcover)
1973 - Enlightenment the Rise of Modern Paganism V 1 [His The Enlightenment ; v. 1] (Paperback)
1966 - Loss of Mastery Puritan Historians in Colonial America [Jefferson Memorial Lectures] (Other)
1966 - Age of Enlightenment [Time-Life Great Ages of Man, Vol 2] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Un Judio Sin Dios [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)