This is the first biography of Nikolaus Pevsner, the best known and most important architectural historian of the twentieth-century. Nikolaus Pevsner was the best known and most important architectural historian of the twentieth century, admired for dedicating his career to areas of English architecture that had never been considered before. But this English specialist and honorary Englishman, knighted in 1969, only came to England at the age of 31. He had been born and brought up in Germany, didn't imagine that English architecture would become his life's focus, and had no wish to move to England even when forced from teaching by the Nazis. Amplified by analyses of Pevsner's writings and a wealth of personal memories, "Pevsner" is the first book to explain one of England's first celebrity scholars - a man who, against the backdrop of Hitler and the troubled politics of the 1930s, had to rethink his entire career when England offered him his only refuge.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Home; Family; Friends; Death; History; University; Leipzig; Pinder; Dissertation; Mannerism; Dresden; Gottingen; Interlude; Modernity; Hitler; Dismissal; England; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Stephen Games is an author and editor. His books include John Betjeman's Trains and Buttered Toast, Tennis Whites and Teacakes, Sweet Songs of Zion and most recently Betjeman's England. He is the author of Behind the Facade and editor of Pevsner on Art and Architecture, the collection of Pevsner's radio talks in which he first revealed some of the paradoxes of Pevsner's German past. He was educated at the Central School of Art and Magdalene College, Cambridge, made documentaries for BBC Radio and was the first arts correspondent of The Independent. His architectural reviews for The Guardian earned him a British Press Award. He has written for the Los Angeles Times and been deputy editor of the RIBA Journal.