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Friedrich Holderlin

Essays and Letters on Theory

Friedrich Holderlin( )
Edited and Translated by: Pfau, Thomas
Author: Hölderlin, Friedrich
ISBN:978-0-88706-559-0
Publication Date:Dec 1987
Publisher:State University of New York Press
Imprint:Suny Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $31.95
Book Description:

Holderlin's essays and letters constitute essential documents for an understanding of the transitional period from neo-classical poetics to what can only be characterized as a unique and, in its frequently experimental structure, essentially modernist poetics. This book contains virtually all of Holderlin's theoretical writings translated for the first time. In spite of the great significance of Holderlin's ideas for contemporary critical thought, most of his highly...
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Book Details
Pages:208
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / European / German
Philosophy / General
Book Weight:0.64 Pounds
Author Biography
Hölderlin, Friedrich (Edited and Translated by)
The German lyric poet John Christian Friedrich Hölderlin was born in 1770. Admired for his ability to re-create the forms of classical Greek poetry in German verse, Holderlin also completed the novel Hyperion. Holderlin studied theology at the University of Tubingen, where he obtained a Master's degree. As a young man he worked as a tutor, including in the house of a wealthy Frankfurt banker, where he and his employer's wife, Susette, fell in love. After a short, happy affair, Holderlin was forced to leave. Though he was shaken by the experience, Holderlin created much of his finest work during this period, including elegies and odes.

Shortly thereafter, Holderlin began to suffer from schizophrenia and composed several poems that were notable for their apocalyptic grandeur. For the last thirty-six years of his life, he suffered from chronic mental illness. Holderlin died in 1843.

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