The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth-Century Thought

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Title: First Moderns <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: William R Everdell <>Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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This history of modernism is filled with portraits of genius and intellectual breakthroughs that evoke the "fin-de-siecle" atmosphere of Paris, Vienna, St Louis and St Petersburg. This book offers readers a look at the unfolding of an age.

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