Vienna Paradox by Marjorie PerloffVienna Paradox by Marjorie Perloff

Vienna Paradox

byMarjorie Perloff

Paperback | April 27, 2004

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The Vienna Paradox is Marjorie Perloff's memoir of growing up in pre-World War II Vienna, her escape to America in 1938 with her upper-middle-class, highly cultured, and largely assimilated Jewish family, and her self-transformation from the German-speaking Gabriele Mintz to the English-speaking Marjorie—who also happened to be the granddaughter of Richard Schüller, the Austrian foreign minister under Chancellor Dollfuss and a special delegate to the League of Nations. Compelling as the story is, this is hardly a conventional memoir. Rather, it interweaves biographical anecdote and family history with speculations on the historical development of early 20th-century Vienna as it was experienced by her parents' generation, and how the loss of their "high" culture affected the lives of these cultivated refugees in a democratic United States that was, and remains, deeply suspicious of perceived "elitism." This is, in other words, an intellectual memoir, both elegant and heartfelt, by one of America's leading critics, a narrative in which literary and philosophical reference is as central as the personal.
Marjorie Perloff is the Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of the Humanities Emerita at Stanford University and the author and editor of over a dozen books on literary and art criticism as well as cultural history.
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Title:Vienna ParadoxFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.01 × 5.19 × 0.78 inPublished:April 27, 2004Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0811215717

ISBN - 13:9780811215718

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"Rarely have I seen captured in narrative form, and so persuasively, the fascinations and repulsions of the great conflict between high- and low-brow culture, terms that have filled, perfunctorily, many a mouth, and that in The Vienna Paradox become once again flesh and bone and blood and breath."