A quartet of essays on great European cities from the groundbreaking thinker Georg Simmel
These brilliant essays, from one of Germany's greatest and most influential thinkers, are beautifully written and highly readable portraits of three Italian cities: Rome, Venice and Florence. Simmel saw the city as a work of art in itself, and taken together these pieces act as a powerful suite expounding that notion.
A seminal work of psycho-geography, this collection has never been published together in English before.
About the Author
Georg Simmel (1858-1918) was one of the first generation of German sociologists and an acquaintance of Max Weber, famous for his explorations of topics including urban life, the philosophy of history and the philosophy of money. The essays contained in The Art of the City are some of his most widely-read work.
"Three wonderful portraits of three of the continent’s most culturally rich cities… an excellent introduction by Will Stone." — The New European
"If you’re at all interested in considering how architecture and urban living impact on humans… I recommend this book highly – Simmel’s work is most definitely worth exploring." — Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings (blog)