Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760-1850

July 1, 2004

Edited by Christopher John Murray

Published in 2 volumes by Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004

“David Friedrich Strauss, 1808-1874”
“Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling, 1775-1854”
“Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, 1729-1781”
“Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck, 1744-1829”
Les Confessions (The Confessions)1764-1770″
Pierre-Simon de Laplace, 1749-1827″

Book Overview:

In 850 analytical articles, this two-volume set explores the developments that influenced the profound changes in thought and sensibility during the second half of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. The Encyclopedia provides readers with a clear, detailed, and accurate reference source on the literature, thought, music, and art of the period, demonstrating the rich interplay of international influences and cross-currents at work; and to explore the many issues raised by the very concepts of Romantic and Romanticism.

Selected as a 2004 Outstanding Reference Source by the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association.


A superb set on one of the most important topics in Western thought and art. … Through an interdisciplinary approach to the Romantic era, the encyclopedia gives students or general readers an excellent introduction to the movement while allowing them to see its full scope. Highly recommended for all academic libraries and large public libraries.


This two-volume set is a masterly accomplishment. … Detailed and compelling, the alphabetically-arranged entries have been written by some 250 scholars from Europe and the United States. … Scholars and history buffs alike will find much to relish in these two volumes. A worthy investment for all libraries.

Library Journal

The entries, by named academics, are well-judged, and the writing sharp and effective.

Architectural Review

[The encyclopedia] conveys the full impact of one of the most influential intellectual movements of Western civilization. This outstanding scholarly tool is recommended for both academic and public libraries.

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