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Peter Gay

Peter Gay is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time. He lives in New York City.

Books by Peter Gay

  1. Book CoverThe Cultivation of Hatred: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud

    With the same sweep, authority, and originality that marked his best-selling Freud: A Life for Our Time, Peter Gay here takes us on a remarkable journey through middle-class Victorian culture.More

  2. Book CoverEducation of the Senses: The Bourgeois Experience: Victoria to Freud

    “The most learned, as well as the wittiest survey of human sexuality ever to be published.” —New York TimesMore

  3. Book CoverThe Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Paganism

    The eighteenth-century Enlightenment marks the beginning of the modern age, when the scientific method and belief in reason and progress came to hold sway over the Western world.More

  4. Book CoverThe Freud Reader

    The first single-volume work to capture Freud's ideas as scientist, humanist, physician, and philosopher.More

  5. Book CoverFreud: A Life for Our Time

    Norton celebrates the 150th anniversary of Freud’s birth by reissuing Peter Gay’s best-selling biography, featuring a new introduction.More

  6. Book CoverModernism: The Lure of Heresy

    “Rich, learned, briskly written, maddening yet necessary study.”—Lee Siegel, New York Times Book Review More

  7. Book CoverThe Naked Heart: The Bourgeois Experience Victoria to Freud

    In The Naked Heart, Peter Gay explores the bourgeoisie's turn inward.More

  8. Book CoverPleasure Wars: The Bourgeois Experience Victoria to Freud

    A master historian shows us a new side of the Victorian Era--the role of the Bourgeois as reactionaries, revolutionaries, and middle-of-the-roaders in the passage of high culture toward modernism.More

  9. Book CoverSavage Reprisals: Bleak House, Madame Bovary, Buddenbrooks

    A revelatory work that examines the intricate relationship between history and literature, truth and fiction—with some surprising conclusions.More

  10. Book CoverSchnitzler's Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture 1815-1914

    "This is cultural history of the first order, and it is liberal and humane history at its very best."—David CannadineMore

  11. Book CoverStyle in History

    What does an historian’s style reveal? In this original and lucid guide to the proper reading of Gibbon, Ranke, Macaulay, and Burckhardt—great historians who were also great stylists—Peter Gay demonstrates that, style is an invaluable clue to the historian's insight. Thus,...More

  12. Book CoverThe Tender Passion: The Bourgeois Experience from Victoria to Freud

    The Tender Passion looks at the Victorian middle classes' ideal and real notions of love.More

  13. Book CoverWeimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider

    A seminal work as melodious and haunting as the era it chronicles, now reissued with a new introduction.More