A frank and candid glimpse into the adolescence of the maturing poet.
Friedrich von Hardenberg, who later grew to become referred to as the poet Novalis, stored a magazine among April and July 1797 that captured his moods, concepts, 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 through choices from Hardenberg’s letters. Taken jointly, and browse in conjunction with the fragments written ahead of, 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 delivery of Novalis … the name of which remembers the outworn snapshot, truly dismantles the Novalis legend. This valuable biographical assortment concentrates at the engagement to Sophie von Kühn, from the poet’s assembly with the twelve-year-old to her excruciating dying at simply fifteen. … The diaries are jam-packed with references to social occasions, to conversations, food, walks, etc. There also are a few quite frank notes on his sexual intercourse, what Novalis calls ‘the delight of my fantastical desires.’” — The occasions Literary Supplement
“This ebook deals, for the very first time, a competent and lucid translation into English of crucial basic assets relating 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 pupil Friedrich von Hardenberg into the romantic poet Novalis. the assumption to collect 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 attention-grabbing 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 greatly to split the truth from the fiction and fable in Hardenberg’s biography.” — David W. wooden, college of Paris IV, Sorbonne
“Making this fabric to be had in English is a smart provider and lengthy late. It deals the fabrics to contextualize Novalis’ different writings, exhibiting 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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