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The red count : the life and times of Harry Kessler

Author: Laird McLeod Easton
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2002.
Series: Weimar and now, 30.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The life of Count Harry Kessler (1868-1937), the famous Anglo-German art patron, writer, and activist, offers a perspective on the tumultous transformation of art and politics that took place in modern Europe between 1890 and 1930. In the first half of his career Kessler was one of the most ardent and well known champions of aesthetic modernism in Imperial Germany, becoming a friend and patron to pioneering artists  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Harry Kessler, Graf; Harry Kessler, Graf.; Harry Kessler, Graf; Harry Kessler; Harry Kessler
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laird McLeod Easton
ISBN: 0520230353 9780520230354
OCLC Number: 48449726
Description: xv, 497 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Family and education --1. Pirates and philosophers --
2. From Ascot to Hamburg --
3. At the university --
4. From New York to Potsdam --
pt. 2. Apprenticeship --
5. Berlin in the 1890s --
6. Decadence and renewal --
7. A change of plans --
pt. 3. The third Weimar --
8. The new Weimar --
9. The culture of the eye --10. A theater of dreams --
11. The Rodin scandal --
pt. 4. The fever curve --
12. Greek idylls --13. Hofmannsthal and Der Rosenkavalier --14. A monument for Nietzsche --15. The legend of Joseph --
pt. 5. War's purifying fire --16. Furor Teutonicus --17. Pax Germania --18. Propaganda and peace feelers --19. Apocalyptic times --
pt. 6. The red count --
20. The lost revolution --
21. Pacifism and its discontents --
22. Diplomatic missions --
23. American interlude --
24. Retreat from politics --
pt. 7. The path downward --
25. The golden Twenties --
26. Revenge of the Philistines --
27. "And thus he left me" --
Conclusion: a world forever lost?
Series Title: Weimar and now, 30.
Responsibility: Laird McLeod Easton.
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The life of Count Harry Kessler (1868-1937), the famous Anglo-German art patron, writer, and activist, offers a vivid and engrossing perspective on the tumultuous transformation of art and politics  Read more...

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"W.H. Auden called him probably the most cosmopolitan man who ever lived. Aesthete, patron, diplomat, diarist, peace campaigner, defender of the Weimar republic and exile from Nazism, this Read more...

 
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