"Beautifully written, wide-ranging and psychologically acute, Modernism: The Lure of Heresy
is a celebration of the subversive energies that decisively transformed art and culture in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At once bracingly intelligent and elegiac, Gay's magisterial book is richly rewarding for anyone who wants to understand the fractured world we have all inherited" (Stephen Greenblatt)
"Superbly researched and well recounted. The extent to which many [modernists] "sold out" to their wealthy patrons, adopting the values they once scorned, makes for some engrossing reading" (Scotsman
"Highly readable, well-illustrated...an intelligent and exciting account of creative individuals and the times in which they worked... An enormous achievement" (New Statesman
"An exhaustive and lively summary" (James Urquhart Financial Times
"Written... with a polymathematical verve which carried me with him to the end" (Nicholas Bagnall Sunday Telegraph
A brilliant, provocative long essay on the rise and fall and survival of modernism, by the English-languages' greatest living cultural historian.