Tangled Paths

Hönes, Hans C.


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Reaktion Books
30 April 2024
ISBN: 9781789148510
256 pages

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Tangled Paths tells the life story of Aby Warburg, one of the most influential historians of art and culture of the twentieth century. It also tells the story of a man who, throughout his life, struggled to assert his place in the world. Charting Warburg's many projects and identities - ground-breaking historian, public intellectual, ethnographer, shrewd academic administrator and founder of a library - Hans C. Hoenes explores not only the vagaries of an academic career but the personal demons of a man who relentlessly sought to live up to his own expectations. This biography - the first in English for over fifty years - presents an evocative and richly detailed portrait of Warburg's personality and career, and of his attempts to make sense of the tangled paths of his life.