At our February meeting we will discuss the following book selected by Bill Hagens:
Carl Schorske, Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture (1980) Knopf
Available on Kindle and from various used book sources, as low as $0.98.
Bill provides the following information about his selection:
Fin de siècle is a French term usually referring to the end of the 19th century.
Here’s how to pronounce it:
Although a noteworthy era in other major cities, Vienna’s Fin de siècle is the most often cited example. During this period, the Hapsburg Dynasty crumbled in Austria, but in the capitol city a major “modern” movement emerged in art, science, and architecture, producing a number of talented persons for whom the word “genius” would not be ill placed.
Here’s a partial roster:
Writers: Hugo Hofmannsthal, Arthur Schnitzler, and Hermann Bahr
Composers: Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg, and Alban Berg
Painters: Gustav Klimt, Oscar Kokoscha, and Egon Schiele
Architects: Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, and Joseph Olbrich
Scientists: Karl Landsteiner, Hans Hahn, and Sigmund Freud
This BBC documentary, Vienna, City of Dreams, is an excellent introduction to this time period.
I hope you enjoy the read. See you in February.