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Carl E. Schorske, a professor and scholar whose collection of essays fixing turn-of-the-century Vienna as the radiating source of modernist thinking won a Pulitzer Prize in and remains an exemplar of cultural history, died on Sunday in East Windsor, N. He was His death, at Meadow Lakes, a retirement community not far from Princeton, where Professor Schorske taught for many years, was confirmed by his daughter, Anne Edwards. A polymath with a gift for communicating complex ideas straightforwardly, Professor Schorske was renowned for his lectures and classroom presence. A article in the Princeton alumni magazine recalled that after the final lecture of his first course, students stood and applauded.

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Carl E. Schorske, a professor and scholar whose collection of essays fixing turn-of-the-century Vienna as the radiating source of modernist thinking won a Pulitzer Prize in and remains an exemplar of cultural history, died on Sunday in East Windsor, N. He was His death, at Meadow Lakes, a retirement community not far from Princeton, where Professor Schorske taught for many years, was confirmed by his daughter, Anne Edwards.

A polymath with a gift for communicating complex ideas straightforwardly, Professor Schorske was renowned for his lectures and classroom presence. A article in the Princeton alumni magazine recalled that after the final lecture of his first course, students stood and applauded. Roth, who studied with Professor Schorske as a freshman at Wesleyan University in and is now its president, said in an interview on Tuesday.

Schorske at the university. Through Mr. In his drawing room I listened to Bach and managed for the first time to hear Schoenberg. There must have been, out back, a 19th-century garden with the obligatory machine in it, and the Expressionists glowering at the Secessionists and the hardy perennial instincts running wild.

It was a wonderful place to live. Ideas rampaged. In separate chapters, he considered narrative literature, architecture, music, psychology, painting, philosophy and other disciplines, focusing on Viennese intellectual figures, among them Sigmund Freud, the playwright and novelist Arthur Schnitzler, the painter Gustav Klimt, the composer Arnold Schoenberg and the artist and writer Oskar Kokoschka.

The chapters coalesced into a cogent argument positing Vienna from the late 19th century until the end of World War I as a crucible of change in Western intellectual life — the time and place where the past abruptly receded from contemporary art and thought, and modernism gained a foothold and momentum.

In , in addition to receiving the Pulitzer for general nonfiction, Professor Schorske was among the first class of recipients of a MacArthur fellowship, the so-called genius award. Roth, the president of Wesleyan, said. He grew up and went to high school in Scarsdale, N. He returned to Harvard for his Ph.

Professor Schorske, who played the violin and was fond of singing German lieder, often said that his love of music figured into his thinking and his teaching. Roth wrote in a essay. A son, Stephen, died in In addition to his daughter, he is survived by three sons, Carl Theodore, John and Richard; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Arts Carl E. Home Page World U.

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The Schorske Century

Schorske and published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Partly reconstructed from Schorske's articles published in the American Historical Review , the book is structured into seven thematically interlocking chapters. Each chapter considers the interrelationships between key artists with the development of psychoanalysis and what was — at the time — viewed as an end of history. In the 'Introduction' the author claims that the text was born from his desire 'to construct a course in European intellectual history, designed to help students to understand the large, architectonic correlations between high culture and socio-political change' p.

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Fin-De-Siecle Vienna

He pioneered a new kind of intellectual and cultural history that paid as much attention to emotions as it did to ideas. Schorske was born in the Bronx, New York. His father, Theodore, ran a savings bank for immigrants; together with his wife, Gertrude nee Goldschmidt , he was active in the settlement movement in New York, which helped newcomers find a home and build a new life for themselves. The family spoke German at home, but changed to English on the outbreak of the first world war. As pacifists, they were particularly affected by the hostility they sometimes encountered after the US entered the war. Shortly before the attack Pearl Harbor, he joined the research and analysis branch of the Office of Strategic Services precursor to the CIA , where he became chief of political intelligence for western Europe. Here he first encountered psychoanalysis, which was being used by some analysts, particularly Walter Langer, the brother of the historian William Langer, who had taught Schorske, as a tool for trying to understand the Nazi leaders.

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Carl E. Schorske, 100, Dies; Pulitzer-Winning Historian Saw Vienna as Pivotal

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