Zarathustra's children : a study of a lost generation of German writers /
Raymond Furness.
Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2000.
220 p. : ill.
1571130578 (alk. paper)
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Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2000.
1571130578 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The Friedrich Nietzsche cult has been examined so thoroughly over the years that one could easily presume there is little left to be said. Furness (St. Andrews Univ.) points out that this is not the case. He profiles seven authors who were directly inspired or influenced by Nietzsche and became case studies in literary incomprehensibility, what Furness terms "great unreadables." Most of them never achieved greatness, and the majority appear as mere footnotes in literary histories of the early 20th century. Some are remembered not for their Nietzschean speculations--poet Christian Morgenstern's In Phantas Schlo§ (In Phanta's Castle) is available only in editions of his collected works--but for their more accessible publications--in Morgenstern's case, Galgenlieder (Gallows' Songs). Others enjoyed brief celebrity following the appearance of their Nietzsche-inspired work, then vanished into obscurity--e.g., Theodor Daubler and his epic Das Nordlicht (The Light of the North). That these writers comprise "a lost generation" may be an exaggeration; other writers of this same period (like Thomas Mann) endured and became giants of Germany's literary past. What these seven do have in common, as Furness so aptly explains, is their fascination with the word of Nietzsche and their application of it in their own compositions. Graduate students and faculty. C. L. Dolmetsch; Marshall University
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In this introduction to German literature the author explores the post-Nietzschean archipelago - presenting a selection of writers hitherto regarded as impossible to access - and reduces their scope to manageable proportions.
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The aim of this book is to explore 'that post-Nietzschean archipelago of German literature which no one mind can hope to map, let alone inhabit' (Michael Hamburger) and to introduce it to the English-speaking reader for the first time, in accessible form. The study starts from the assumption that the daring imagery and cosmic sweep of Thus Spake Zarathustra provided the impetus for the creation of visionary epics and cosmological poetic universes. The book is original in that it presents for the first time a selection of writers hitherto regarded as impossible of access and reduces their epic scope to manageable proportions while preserving their essential meaning. Among the writers treated are Alfred Mombert, Theodor Däubler, Rudolf Pannwitz, Ludwig Derleth, Alfred Schuler, Ludwig Klages, Christian Morgenstern, and the members of the Friedrichshagen Circle. Furness draws on the most recent scholarship and provides a fascinating account of a 'lost generation.' The book will be of interest to Nietzsche scholars, to students of Lebensphilosophie, and to those interested in German literature around the turn of the century. It will be of special interest to those drawn to the creation of myths and to radical religious thought.Raymond Furness is professor and former chair of German at St.Andrews University, Scotland. He has published widely on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German literature.
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A study of the enormous influence of the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche on turn-of-the-century German literature.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Rudolf Pannwitzp. 17
Alfred Mombertp. 49
Alfred Schulerp. 75
Ludwig Klagesp. 99
Ludwig Derlethp. 125
Theodor Daublerp. 153
Christian Morgensternp. 175
Epiloguep. 197
Works Consultedp. 201
Indexp. 211
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