Pevsner on Art and Architecture: The Radio Talks

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Nikolaus Pevsner's contribution to the public appreciation of art and architecture is immense. In addition to the famous Buildings of England books, he was a broadcaster for the BBC. Ranging from Breughel's paintings and the buildings of Gaudi, to Elizabethan mannerism, and contemporary American architecture, these radio scripts are uniquely evocative word pictures. Includes Stephen Games' controversial introduction discussing Pevsner's intellectual development and possible Nazi sympathies.

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (190283) was one of the most influential writers architecture of the 20th century. He wrote the 46-volume series The Buildings of England.

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Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902 - 1983) was one of the most influential writers on art and architecture that the twentieth century produced. Born in Leipzig of Russian Jewish stock, he left Hitler's Germany in 1935 and settles in London. Here he became a professor at the Univerity of London, and later Cambridge, and set about extending the public understanding of art and architecture in lectures, broadcasts, and, most famously, in the 46-volume series, 'The Buildings of England'.

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Nikolaus Pevsner was a refugee from Nazi Germany whose monumental and magisterial 46-volume The Buildings of England appeared between 1951 and 1974. His surname is still virtually synonymous with a certain kind of cultural guide at its finest - and this book brings into print the texts of a 25-year-long series of talks which he did for BBC Radio Three's previous incarnation, The Third Programme. They range in subject from 'New Zealand' to 'The Norfolkness of Norfolk Building'; from 'Bavarian Rococo' to 'New York Skyscrapers'. And from 'Art and the State' to 'How to Judge Victorian Architecture'. They are fascinating to read as 'period pieces' - but, more than that, as essays which remain remarkably lively, informative and persuasively opinionated. A welcome addition to his much-read other works.

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