Nikolaus Pevsner was 'an icon of Englishness'. His work and writing on English architecture and architectural taste made him a celebrity. But he was born in Germany and grew up there.This biography enriches our understanding of the scholar, 'who came to England at the age of 31, didnt anticipate that English architecture would matter to him, and had no wish to move to England even when forced from teaching by the Nazis'.
This is the first biography of Nikolaus Pevsner, the best known and most important architectural historian of the twentieth-century. Nikolaus Pevsner was the best known and most important architectural historian of the twentieth century, admired for dedicating his career to areas of English architecture that had never been considered before. But this English specialist and honorary Englishman, knighted in 1969, only came to England at the age of 31. He had been born and brought up in Germany, didn't imagine that English architecture would become his life's focus, and had no wish to move to England even when forced from teaching by the Nazis. Amplified by analyses of Pevsner's writings and a wealth of personal memories, "Pevsner" is the first book to explain one of England's first celebrity scholars - a man who, against the backdrop of Hitler and the troubled politics of the 1930s, had to rethink his entire career when England offered him his only refuge.