A frank and candid glimpse into the formative years of the maturing poet.
Friedrich von Hardenberg, who later grew to become referred to as the poet Novalis, saved a magazine among April and July 1797 that captured his moods, ideas, and observations following the loss of life of his fifteen-year-old fiancée Sophie von Kühn and his dearly enjoyed more youthful brother Erasmus. The journal’s brief, day by day entries permit a frank and candid glimpse into the interior lifetime of the maturing poet, and are complemented via choices from Hardenberg’s letters. Taken jointly, and skim in conjunction with the fragments written earlier than, in the course of, and soon after this era of time, the magazine and letters make clear a strategy of self-discovery in the course of which Hardenberg turned confident of his poetic vocation and said this conviction in an act of self-christening, because the poet Novalis.
“The start of Novalis … the identify of which recollects the outworn picture, truly dismantles the Novalis legend. This useful biographical assortment concentrates at the engagement to Sophie von Kühn, from the poet’s assembly with the twelve-year-old to her excruciating demise at simply fifteen. … The diaries are jam-packed with references to social occasions, to conversations, nutrients, walks, etc. There also are a few relatively frank notes on his sexual intercourse, what Novalis calls ‘the pride of my fantastical desires.’” — The instances Literary Supplement
“This ebook deals, for the very first time, a competent and lucid translation into English of crucial fundamental resources bearing on the biography of the German Romantic poet-philosopher Novalis. the following we glimpse the internal workings of a now mythical occasion: the transformation of the mining scholar Friedrich von Hardenberg into the romantic poet Novalis. the belief to assemble letters and helping biographical fabric from accurately this era and unite them right into a unmarried quantity is either a masterly and welcome company. It ultimately permits an English-speaking viewers direct entry to 1 of the main interesting and enduring love relationships in literary history—that of Sophie von Kühn and Friedrich von Hardenberg. Donehower’s insightful creation and punctiliously readable observation interspersed among the letters does very much to split the truth from the fiction and fable in Hardenberg’s biography.” — David W. wooden, collage of Paris IV, Sorbonne
“Making this fabric on hand in English is a smart provider and lengthy late. It bargains the fabrics to contextualize Novalis’ different writings, exhibiting how his paintings responds to his specific biographical context (unavoidable, given the robust mythmaking surrounding Novalis’ own losses and their fictionalizations).” — Katherine Arens, writer of Empire in Decline: Fritz Mauthner’s Critique of Wilhelminian Germany
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