The author of The Buildings of England—a series of architectural studies so authoritative that in Britain it is simply called "Pevsner"—Nikolaus Pevsner was a central figure in the architectural consensus that accompanied post-war reconstruction. As a critic, academic, and champion of modernism, he made himself an authority on the exploration and enjoyment of English art and architecture. Yet he had been born in Leipzig into a Russian Jewish family, and until 1933 pursued a promising career as an academic in Dresden and Göttingen before Jews were barred from German universities. With unprecedented access to Pevsner's private journals and papers, Susie Harries profiles this continental émigré who did so much to shape British culture after 1945.
"This is a biographical masterpiece that shows how the life of one man can become a prism through which can be read the stories of both England and Germany in the 20th century.... [This] book is of infinite value."—New Statesman