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Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life by [Lerner, Robert E.]
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"A richly illuminating study . . . [and] a timely meditation on the vicissitudes of abstract, purist ideals under the pressure of savage real-world events."--George Prochnik, New York Times Book Review

"[A] finely grained portrait."--Robert E. Norton, Times Literary Supplement

"A thorough and fascinating chronicle."--Brendan Simms, Wall Street Journal

"Robert Lerner . . . relates this amazing story with both carefully researched detail and engaging verve."--Michael D. Bailey, Montreal Review

"A labour of love inspired by youthful sightings of its charismatic subject. . . . Lerner’s admirable study suggests that our understanding of the mind of the 20th century might be enriched by looking back at Kantorowicz’s brilliant, if recondite scholarship, alongside this tribute to its author."--Stoddard Martin, Jewish Chronicle

"Lerner’s accessible, conversational tone and deft use of quotation bring Kantorowicz to life, showing the man behind the scholar and the development of a brilliant mind over a lifetime. Throughout, Kantorowicz’s voice is sharply present. Lerner admits that, posthumously, motivations are impossible to discern, but his discernment is a gift in this unflinching treatment of Kantorowicz’s legacy."--Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers, Foreword

"[Robert Lerner] sets Kantorowicz in the context of his time, uniting heroic archival research, including numerous interviews with Kantorowicz’s associates and friends, with discerning judgments to trace his remarkable odyssey. The result is a valuable contribution to modern European and American intellectual history."--Jacob Heilbrunn, The National Interest

"The extraordinary story of Kantorowicz’s passage from Posen to Princeton via California is admirably told by Robert E. Lerner, and he has undoubtedly written the biography of record."--Hamish Robinson, The Oldie

"Lerner’s biography is worthy of great praise, and it is very unlikely that it will ever be superseded."--Walter Laqueur, Jewish Review of Books

"A lively and authoritative text, which should endear Kantorowicz to many historians of the present day. . . . Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life is a deeply informed and profoundly considered work that should take its place proudly among the other biographies of notable figures brought out by Princeton University Press."

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"Ernst Kantorowicz was a magical figure who captivated everyone around him. This biography takes his measure and casts a spell of its own. Emerging from deep within the archives, Robert Lerner shows us precisely how Kantorowicz worked his magic, first in interwar Germany and then again as an émigré in the United States. This book is also a memoir, preserving precious chains of lore and reminiscence: an inspired labor of love."--Conrad Leyser, University of Oxford

"Historian, Stefan George disciple, Germanophile, and bon vivant--Ernst Kantorowicz was a matchless figure in twentieth-century intellectual life. With Robert Lerner's magisterial study, Kantorowicz has at long last gotten the biography he truly deserves."--Richard Wolin, Graduate Center, City University of New York

"With forensic archival sense and the sympathies of a subtle historian, Robert Lerner tells the story of a remarkable life against the volatile history of twentieth-century Europe and America. Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life traces the making of the scion of a bourgeois Jewish family into a patriotic soldier, a nationalist intellectual, a refugee, and finally a critic of the Cold War. His life made Eka--as he styled himself--into a most original historian who explored the making of political authority and charisma in the classic The King's Two Bodies. Lerner has written a highly readable and illuminating account of living in extraordinary times."--Miri Rubin, Queen Mary, University of London

"This amazing biography of Ernst Kantorowicz is the product of a prodigious amount of research undertaken over the past twenty-five years. There is nothing else like this anywhere. Robert Lerner has uncovered materials that I suspect are known to very few others."--John Van Engen, University of Notre Dame

"Ernst Kantorowicz, one of the most interesting and influential historians of the twentieth century, has found his ideal biographer in Robert Lerner, who as a medievalist is well versed in the many branches of Kantorowicz's scholarship. Drawing on unique sources, including important collections of unpublished letters and interviews with people who knew Kantorowicz, Lerner presents a lively, vivid picture of the historian's life and writings."--Eckhart Grünewald, author of Ernst Kantorowicz and Stefan George

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  • File Size: 5211 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (January 3, 2017)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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