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Title The naked heart / Peter Gay.
Author Gay, Peter, 1923-2015.
Publication New York : Norton, [1995]
Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (463 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations.
Call # eBOOK
Series The bourgeois experience ; volume 4
Gay, Peter, 1923-2015. Bourgeois experience ; v. 4.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "For decades after the romantic poets, novelists, artists, and philosophers who had celebrated the liberated spirit passed from the scene, their ideas and ideals, suitably tamed for middle-class consumption, continued to percolate through Victorian culture. At the very time that industrial and mercantile buccaneers, inventors, statesmen, and natural scientists conquered new worlds through their mastery of objective facts, much of the bourgeoisie looked inward." "In The Naked Heart, Gay crosses seemingly impenetrable divides. He moves across gulfs separating business magnates from petty clerks, professional men from small merchants, academics from those without university education; he touches the lives of housewives and of women who acted boldly, beyond domesticity, by entering harshly competitive fields as professional authors and by making themselves into indefatigable gadflies of a male-dominated world. He follows the middle classes' preoccupation with inwardness through its varied cultural expressions: self-portraits and autobiographies, fiction both elevated and popular, and works of history - all more widespread in the nineteenth century than ever before - and through the intimate confessions so characteristic of middle-class men and women." "The Naked Heart does not confine itself to the famous; it explores how the makers of international bestsellers approached - or evaded - the inner lives of their characters in works now little remembered. And in its broad sweep, it counterpoises a painter like Caspar David Friedrich, forgotten for decades, who wanted his landscapes to convey a profound religious experience, with Jean Francois Millet whose Angelus would become a household favorite, endlessly reproduced, with the original fought over by collectors until the Louvre finally bought it for more than 800,000 francs."
"In investigating the inner life of the whole Victorian bourgeoisie, that vast class, in Emile Zola's words, "reaching from the common people to the aristocracy," Gay turns also to the letters and confessional diaries of both obscure and prominent men and women."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
Subject Middle class -- Europe -- History -- 19th century.
Middle class -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Middle class. (OCoLC)fst01020437
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
1800-1899
Genre Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Gay, Peter, 1923-2015. Naked heart. First edition 0393038130 (OCoLC)33311808
ISBN 9780393243444 (electronic bk.)
0393243443 (electronic bk.)

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