A frank and candid glimpse into the formative years of the maturing poet.
Friedrich von Hardenberg, who later grew to become often called the poet Novalis, stored a magazine among April and July 1797 that captured his moods, strategies, and observations following the demise 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 enable 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 browse in conjunction with the fragments written prior to, in the course of, and soon after this era of time, the magazine and letters make clear a means of self-discovery in the course of which Hardenberg grew to become confident of his poetic vocation and said this conviction in an act of self-christening, because the poet Novalis.
“The delivery of Novalis … the name of which recollects the outworn photograph, truly dismantles the Novalis legend. This worthwhile 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 packed with references to social occasions, to conversations, nutrition, walks, and so forth. There also are a few really frank notes on his sexual intercourse, what Novalis calls ‘the pride of my fantastical desires.’” — The instances Literary Supplement
“This ebook bargains, for the very first time, a competent and lucid translation into English of an important fundamental resources relating the biography of the German Romantic poet-philosopher Novalis. the following we glimpse the interior 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 assisting 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 carefully readable observation interspersed among the letters does greatly to split the truth from the fiction and fantasy in Hardenberg’s biography.” — David W. wooden, college of Paris IV, Sorbonne
“Making this fabric on hand in English is a smart provider and lengthy past due. It deals the fabrics to contextualize Novalis’ different writings, displaying how his paintings responds to his specific biographical context (unavoidable, given the powerful 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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