• 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

  • Highly readable, 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

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