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Making Way for Genius

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Kathleen Kete, Borden W. Painter, Jr., '58/H'95 Professor of European History at Trinity College, is the author of The Beast in the Boudoir: Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris. She lives in West Hartford, CT.


"A fascinating, elegant and thought-provoking book that makes a significant contribution to modern European cultural history."-David A. Bell, Princeton University -- David A. Bell "The analysis is smart, sure-footed, and highly readable, and the book is guaranteed to attract much attention from all historians and other Europeanists interested in Romantic culture, post-Revolutionary politics, and the discovery of the modern 'self.'"-Jay M. Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- Jay M. Smith "Genius, vocation, destiny: Kathleen Kete follows these grand themes through the facts and fiction of a host of fascinating lives, showing how French men and women at the turn of the nineteenth century negotiated their fears of a powerful force-ambition-unleashed by the tumults of Revolution. Her scholarship is thorough, her writing elegant, her insights fresh and timely. This is an admirable book."-Darrin M. McMahon, author of Happiness: A History -- Darrin M. McMahon

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