Peter Gay, Eminent American historian on European Thought passed away

The German-born writer known for his groundbreaking books on Enlightenment, the Victorian middle classes and Sigmund Freud.

May 14, 2015 15:00 IST
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Eminent historian Peter Gay passed away on 12 May 2015 at Manhattan in New York City, USA. He was 91.

He is one of the major American historians of European thought and known for his groundbreaking books on Enlightenment, the Victorian middle classes, Sigmund Freud, Weimar culture and the cultural situation of Jews in Germany.

The German-born historian-writer worked as the Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at the prestigious Yale University and was a former director of the New York Public Library's Center for Scholars and Writers between 1997 and 2003.

His major works include Voltaire's Politics: The Poet as Realist (1959), The Enlightenment: An Interpretation: The Rise of Modern Paganism (1966), The Bridge of Criticism: Dialogues on the Enlightenment (1970), Reading Freud: Explorations and Entertainments (1990) and Mozart (1999) among others.

For his works, he received numerous awards and honours including National Book Award (1966), the A.H. Heineken Prize (1990) and American Historical Association Award for Scholarly Distinction (2004).


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