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Peter Gay

Peter Gay (1923—2015) was 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.

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 Enlightenment: The Science of Freedom

    The second volume of Peter Gay's in-depth study of the dawn of the modern world—the Age of Reason.More

  5. Book CoverFreud: A Life for Our Time

    A national bestsellerMore

  6. Book CoverModernism: The Lure of Heresy

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

  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 CoverThe Party of Humanity: Essays in the French Enlightenment

    Often the target of uninformed or hostile criticism, the Enlightenment has been characterized as "shallow and pretentious intellectualism" and "unreasonable contempt for authority and tradition." In this provocative book--at once a scholarly study and a vigorous polemic--Peter Gay sets out to shatter old myths, to sort out illusion from reality, and to restore the men of the Enlightenment--Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot--to the esteem they deserve.More

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Book CoverStyle in History

    “Peter Gay’s Style in History has the great merit to show that in a work of history its style is not a decorative addition to the historian’s narration but an integral element of the story through which its facts become alive and real. Reading Gay’s analysis of Gibbon and Ranke, Macaulay and Burckhardt, we understand better why they have become and are the admired masters of the historical craft.” —Felix Gilbert, School of Historical Studies, The Institute for Advanced StudyMore

  13. 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

  14. Book CoverWeimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider

    A seminal work as melodious and haunting as the era it chronicles.More