The birth of Novalis : Friedrich von Hardenberg's journal of 1797, with selected letters and documents /
translated and edited by Bruce Donehower.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2007.
v, 159 p. ; 24 cm.
0791469697 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780791469699 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Albany : State University of New York Press, c2007.
0791469697 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780791469699 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-156) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-09-01:
Skillfully selected by Donehower (Univ. of California, Davis), these texts, letters, documents, and journal entries trace the transformation of the young mining student Friedrich von Hardenberg (1772-1801) into the Romantic poet who called himself Novalis. The editor/translator enhances the primary sources with an informative introduction and explanatory commentaries on many of the letters and documents. In addition, he includes one autobiographical and three biographical testimonies (the latter from Friedrich's brother Karl, August Colestin Just, and Ludwig Tieck), all of which support the critical importance of Friedrich's relationship to Sophie von Kuhn and her death in 1797, followed less than a month later by the death of his beloved brother Erasmus. Although the German originals of all texts are available in standard editions of Novalis's work, Donehower is the first to organize them to so graphically illustrate "the birth of Novalis." The readable English translations are generally accurate, though in some cases the choice of words might be questioned. This insightful volume is an important addition to Novalis scholarship. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. J. K. Fugate Kalamazoo College
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Table of Contents
"Reading" Novalisp. 1
The meeting with Sophie von Kuhnp. 16
The journal of 1797 and selected lettersp. 26
Selected letters and documents : 1792-1797p. 35
Journal : April 18-July 6, 1797p. 79
Autobiographical and biographical testimoniesp. 99
Excerpt from a letter to Finance Minister von Oppel, 1800p. 99
Biography of his brother Novalis, 1802p. 105
Friedrich von Hardenberg, assessor of salt mines in Saxony and designated department director in Thuringia, 1805p. 110
"Biography of Novalis," 1815p. 126
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