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Book Title: Savage Reprisals: Bleak House, Madame Bovary, Buddenbrooks|
The author of the book: Peter Gay
Edition: W. W. Norton & Company
Date of issue: August 21st 2002
ISBN 13: 9780393051186
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Focusing on three literary classics - Charles Dickens's Bleak House (1853); Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1857); and Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks (1901) - Peter Gay, a cultural historian, demonstrates that there is more than one way to read a novel. Typically readers believe that fiction, especially those that dominated the Western culture of the 19th century, is based on historical truth. Gay uses his examples to show that novels take their own path to reality. He discovers, by exploring their world, craftsmanship and their minds, that all three novelist share one overriding quality - a resentment and rage against the society that sustains the novel itself.
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Read information about the authorThe son of a glassware maker, Peter Joachim Fröhlich grew up in Germany as the Nazis rose to power. Escaping in 1938 with the rest of his family on the last boat of refugees admitted to Cuba, he gained entry with them to the United States two years later, whereupon he changed his name to Gay. He graduated from the University of Denver in 1946 and earned a master's and doctorate in history from Columbia University.
Gay taught at Columbia from 1947 until 1969. In 1969 he joined the faculty at Yale University, where he taught until he retired as Sterling Professor of History in 1993. He was a former director of the New York Public Library's Center for Scholars and Writers from 1997 until 2003. Gay was the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Book Award and the received the American Historical Association's (AHA) Award for Scholarly Distinction.