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Theodor Fontane : literature and history in the Bismarck Reich /
Gordon A. Craig.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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xiii, 232 p.
ISBN
0195128370 (alk. paper)
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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0195128370 (alk. paper)
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3265563
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"As lively in its narrative style as it is instructive in its interpretation, this is the best Fontane book for an audience that, with all of its desire for knowledge, does not want to be bored, and it is written, in addition, in the Fontane conversational style." --Welt am Sonntag
"As lively in its narrative style as it is instructive in itsinterpretation, this is the best Fontane book for an audience that, with all ofits desire for knowledge, does not want to be bored, and it is written, inaddition, in the Fontane conversational style." --Welt am Sonntag
...Craig has produced a splendid introduction to the whole range of Fontane's work.Scenes of nineteenth-century German life come alive as Craig looks over Fontane's shoulder, affectionately and critically. In this book, composed of crisp, connected essays and punctuated by bemused personalasides, Craig devotes a chapter to each stage of Fontane's life, and he does so with scrupulous intelligence and evident pleasure. Neither affinity nor affection thwarts his critical sense, and so we learn not only of Fontane's literary strengths but also of his occasional lapses.--The NewRepublic
...Craig has produced a splendid introduction to the whole range ofFontane's work.Scenes of nineteenth-century German life come alive as Craiglooks over Fontane's shoulder, affectionately and critically. In this book,composed of crisp, connected essays and punctuated by bemused personal asides,Craig devotes a chapter to each stage of Fontane's life, and he does so withscrupulous intelligence and evident pleasure. Neither affinity nor effectionthwarts his critical sense, and so we learn not only of Fontane's literarystrengths but also of his occasional lapses.--The New Republic
Praise for the German edition: "The book that gave me most pleasure--long-term pleasure--right through the summer and autumn was Gordon A. Craig's [Theodor Fontane]." --Gabriele Annan in The Times Literary Supplement
Praise for the German edition: "The book that gave me mostpleasure--long-term pleasure--right through the summer and autumn was Gordon A.Craig's [Theodor Fontane]." --Gabriele Annan in The Times LiterarySupplement
Praise for the German edition: "The book that gave me most pleasure--long-term pleasure--right through the summer and autumn was Gordon A. Craig's [Theodor Fontane]." --Gabriele Annan in The Times Literary Supplement "The author, originally from Scotland, belongs to the most highly regarded group of scholars and artists in Germany, the Order Pour le Merite, which he owes not only to his comprehensive historical works, which have made him famous as a scholar, but equally to the slender essays and miniatures that German readers have learned to know and treasure in books like The End of Prussia and The Politics of the Unpolitical. The book on Fontane should be read in the same way as they. The chapters are independent essays. One can read them with pleasure one after another or--as in the case of a good wine of which one brings a bottle from the cellar from time to time--they can be read at intervals, with the pauses in between that make it possible to enjoy an excellent thing for a good while." --Die Woche "As lively in its narrative style as it is instructive in its interpretation, this is the best Fontane book for an audience that, with all of its desire for knowledge, does not want to be bored, and it is written, in addition, in the Fontane conversational style." --Welt am Sonntag
Praise for the German edition: "The book that gave me most pleasure--long-term pleasure--right through the summer and autumn was Gordon A. Craig's [ Theodor Fontane ]." --Gabriele Annan in The Times Literary Supplement "The author, originally from Scotland, belongs to the most highly regarded group of scholars and artists in Germany, the Order Pour le Mérite, which he owes not only to his comprehensive historical works, which have made him famous as a scholar, but equally to the slender essays and miniatures that German readers have learned to know and treasure in books like The End of Prussia and The Politics of the Unpolitical . The book on Fontane should be read in the same way as they. The chapters are independent essays. One can read them with pleasure one after another or--as in the case of a good wine of which one brings a bottle from the cellar from time to time--they can be read at intervals, with the pauses in between that make it possible to enjoy an excellent thing for a good while." -- Die Woche "As lively in its narrative style as it is instructive in its interpretation, this is the best Fontane book for an audience that, with all of its desire for knowledge, does not want to be bored, and it is written, in addition, in the Fontane conversational style." -- Welt am Sonntag
Praise for the German edition: "The book that gave me most pleasure--long-term pleasure--right through the summer and autumn was Gordon A. Craig's [ Theodor Fontane ]." --Gabriele Annan in The Times Literary Supplement"The author, originally from Scotland, belongs to the most highly regarded group of scholars and artists in Germany, the Order Pour le Mérite, which he owes not only to his comprehensive historical works, which have made him famous as a scholar, but equally to the slender essays and miniatures that German readers have learned to know and treasure in books like The End of Prussia and The Politics of the Unpolitical . The book on Fontane should be read in the same way as they. The chapters are independent essays. One can read them with pleasure one after another or--as in the case of a good wine of which one brings a bottle from the cellar from time to time--they can be read at intervals, with the pauses in between that make it possible to enjoy an excellent thing for a good while." -- Die Woche"As lively in its narrative style as it is instructive in its interpretation, this is the best Fontane book for an audience that, with all of its desire for knowledge, does not want to be bored, and it is written, in addition, in the Fontane conversational style." -- Welt am Sonntag
Praise for the German edition: "The book that gave me most pleasure--long-term pleasure--right through the summer and autumn was Gordon A. Craig's [Theodor Fontane]." --Gabriele Annan inThe Times Literary Supplement "The author, originally from Scotland, belongs to the most highly regarded group of scholars and artists in Germany, the Order Pour le M rite, which he owes not only to his comprehensive historical works, which have made him famous as a scholar, but equally to the slender essays and miniatures that German readers have learned to know and treasure in books likeThe End of PrussiaandThe Politics of the Unpolitical. The book on Fontane should be read in the same way as they. The chapters are independent essays. One can read them with pleasure one after another or--as in the case of a good wine of which one brings a bottle from the cellar from time to time--they can be read at intervals, with the pauses in between that make it possible to enjoy an excellent thing for a good while." --Die Woche "As lively in its narrative style as it is instructive in its interpretation, this is the best Fontane book for an audience that, with all of its desire for knowledge, does not want to be bored, and it is written, in addition, in the Fontane conversational style." --Welt am Sonntag
Praise for the German edition: "The book that gave me most pleasure--long-term pleasure--right through the summer and autumn was Gordon A. Craig's [Theodor Fontane]." --Gabriele Annan inThe Times Literary Supplement "The author, originally from Scotland, belongs to the most highly regarded group of scholars and artists in Germany, the Order Pour le Mérite, which he owes not only to his comprehensive historical works, which have made him famous as a scholar, but equally to the slender essays and miniatures that German readers have learned to know and treasure in books likeThe End of PrussiaandThe Politics of the Unpolitical. The book on Fontane should be read in the same way as they. The chapters are independent essays. One can read them with pleasure one after another or--as in the case of a good wine of which one brings a bottle from the cellar from time to time--they can be read at intervals, with the pauses in between that make it possible to enjoy an excellent thing for a good while." --Die Woche "As lively in its narrative style as it is instructive in its interpretation, this is the best Fontane book for an audience that, with all of its desire for knowledge, does not want to be bored, and it is written, in addition, in the Fontane conversational style." --Welt am Sonntag
"The author, originally from Scotland, belongs to the most highly regarded group of scholars and artists in Germany, the Order Pour le Merite, which he owes not only to his comprehensive historical works, which have made him famous as a scholar, but equally to the slender essays and miniaturesthat German readers have learned to know and treasure in books like The End of Prussia and The Politics of the Unpolitical. The book on Fontane should be read in the same way as they. The chapters are independent essays. One can read them with pleasure one after another or--as in the case of a goodwine of which one brings a bottle from the cellar from time to time--they can be read at intervals, with the pauses in between that make it possible to enjoy an excellent thing for a good while." --Die Woche
"The author, originally from Scotland, belongs to the most highly regardedgroup of scholars and artists in Germany, the Order Pour le Merite, which heowes not only to his comprehensive historical works, which have made him famousas a scholar, but equally to the slender essays and miniatures that Germanreaders have learned to know and treasure in books like The End of Prussia andThe Politics of the Unpolitical. The book on Fontane should be read in the sameway as they. The chapters are independent essays. One can read them withpleasure one after another or--as in the case of a good wine of which one bringsa bottle from the cellar from time to time--they can be read at intervals, withthe pauses in between that make it possible to enjoy an excellent thing for agood while." --Die Woche
"The historian Gordon Craig's critical study of Fontane is of a piece with the typical Fontane novel: brief, piquant, urbane, chatty....Craig is always in command of biographical and historical setting....Craig's useful introduction to Fontane's life and works [performs] a distinct service forlovers of sophisticated European fiction."--The Atlantic Monthly
"The historian Gordon Craig's critical study of Fontane is of a piece withthe typical Fontane novel: brief, piquant, urbane, chatty....Craig is always incommand of biographical and historical setting....Craig's useful introduction toFontane's life and works [performs] a distinct service for lovers ofsophisticated European fiction."--The Atlantic Monthly
...Craig has produced a splendid introduction to the whole range of Fontane's work.Scenes of nineteenth-century German life come alive as Craig looks over Fontane's shoulder, affectionately and critically. In this book, composed of crisp, connected essays and punctuated by bemused personal asides, Craig devotes a chapter to each stage of Fontane's life, and he does so with scrupulous intelligence and evident pleasure. Neither affinity nor affection thwarts hiscritical sense, and so we learn not only of Fontane's literary strengths but also of his occasional lapses.--The New Republic"The historian Gordon Craig's critical study of Fontane is of a piece with the typical Fontane novel: brief, piquant, urbane, chatty....Craig is always in command of biographical and historical setting....Craig's useful introduction to Fontane's life and works [performs] a distinct service for lovers of sophisticated European fiction."--The Atlantic MonthlyPraise for the German edition: "The book that gave me most pleasure--long-term pleasure--right through the summer and autumn was Gordon A. Craig's [Theodor Fontane]." --Gabriele Annan in The Times Literary Supplement"The author, originally from Scotland, belongs to the most highly regarded group of scholars and artists in Germany, the Order Pour le Mérite, which he owes not only to his comprehensive historical works, which have made him famous as a scholar, but equally to the slender essays and miniatures that German readers have learned to know and treasure in books like The End of Prussia and The Politics of the Unpolitical. The book on Fontaneshould be read in the same way as they. The chapters are independent essays. One can read them with pleasure one after another or--as in the case of a good wine of which one brings a bottle from the cellar from time to time--they can be read at intervals, with the pauses in between that make it possible to enjoy an excellentthing for a good while." --Die Woche"As lively in its narrative style as it is instructive in its interpretation, this is the best Fontane book for an audience that, with all of its desire for knowledge, does not want to be bored, and it is written, in addition, in the Fontane conversational style." --Welt am Sonntag
Foreword Ch. 1. History Ch. 2. Scotland Ch. 3. Wanderings Ch. 4. War Ch. 5. Bismarck Ch. 6. Theater Ch. 7. Historical Novels Ch. 8. Novels of Society Bibliography Index
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Summaries
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This is a historical biography of Theodor Fontane, a major German novelist of the late-19th century. Through his study of Fontane, Craig presents his perceptions of 19th-century German, and in particular Prussian, history.
Long Description
First published in Germany to popular and critical acclaim, this is a unique portrait of the life and work of Theodor Fontane, the greatest German novelist of his age, as well as a major poet and theater critic and much loved travel writer. Gordon A. Craig, one of the foremost scholars of German history, interpolates a cohesive historical biography of Fontane with his own reflections on the art, culture, and politics of Fontane's world. The ideas and impressions of Fontane and Craig echo one another throughout the book in compelling and fascinating ways. Fontane's travel accounts of Scotland and Prussia are enriched by Craig's discussion of Germany's increasingly national vision of itself and the world at the time of unification. Similarly, Craig's mastery of German military history dovetails remarkably well with Fontane's reportage on Germany's wars with Denmark, Austria, and France. Interesting are Fontane's ruminations over his great contemporary Otto von Bismarck, whom he revered as founder of the Reich but whose policies he feared would in the end be self-defeating. Although Fontane's Wanderings through the Mark Brandenburg and his novels are more widely read in Germany today than they were in his own time, and although his masterpiece Effi Briest was the basis for a famous Fassbinder film, Fontane remains little known in the English-speaking world. Theodor Fontane is the ideal introduction to this major European writer, a master of social analysis and one of the great letter writers of his age.
Main Description
First published in Germany to popular and critical acclaim, this is a unique portrait of the life and work of Theodor Fontane, the greatest German novelist of his age, as well as a major poet and theater critic and much loved travel writer. Gordon A. Craig, one of the foremost scholars ofGerman history, interpolates a cohesive historical biography of Fontane with his own reflections on the art, culture, and politics of Fontane's world. The ideas and impressions of Fontane and Craig echo one another throughout the book in compelling and fascinating ways. Fontane's travel accounts of Scotland and Prussia are enriched by Craig's discussion of Germany's increasingly national vision of itself and the world at the time of unification.Similarly, Craig's mastery of German military history dovetails remarkably well with Fontane's reportage on Germany's wars with Denmark, Austria, and France. Interesting are Fontane's ruminations over his great contemporary Otto von Bismarck, whom he revered as founder of the Reich but whosepolicies he feared would in the end be self-defeating. Although Fontane's Wanderings through the Mark Brandenburg and his novels are more widely read in Germany today than they were in his own time, and although his masterpiece Effi Briest was the basis for a famous Fassbinder film, Fontane remains little known in the English-speaking world. TheodorFontane is the ideal introduction to this major European writer, a master of social analysis and one of the great letter writers of his age.
Main Description
First published in Germany to popular and critical acclaim, this is a unique portrait of the life and work of Theodor Fontane, the greatest German novelist of his age, as well as a major poet and theater critic and much loved travel writer. Gordon A. Craig, one of the foremost scholars of German history, interpolates a cohesive historical biography of Fontane with his own reflections on the art, culture, and politics of Fontane's world. The ideas and impressions of Fontane and Craig echo one another throughout the book in compelling and fascinating ways. Fontane's travel accounts of Scotland and Prussia are enriched by Craig's discussion of Germany's increasingly national vision of itself and the world at the time of unification. Similarly, Craig's mastery of German military history dovetails remarkably well with Fontane's reportage on Germany's wars with Denmark, Austria, and France. Interesting are Fontane's ruminations over his great contemporary Otto von Bismarck, whom he revered as founder of the Reich but whose policies he feared would in the end be self-defeating. Although Fontane'sWanderings through the Mark Brandenburgand his novels are more widely read in Germany today than they were in his own time, and although his masterpieceEffi Briestwas the basis for a famous Fassbinder film, Fontane remains little known in the English-speaking world.TheodorFontaneis the ideal introduction to this major European writer, a master of social analysis and one of the great letter writers of his age.
Main Description
First published in Germany to popular and critical acclaim, this is a unique portrait of the life and work of Theodor Fontane, the great historical novelist, critic, poet, and travel writer of nineteenth-century Germany.
Table of Contents
Foreword
History
Scotland
Wanderings
War
Bismarck
Theater
Historical Novels
Novels of Society
lBibliography
Index
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