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By Walter Lowrie

A small, insignificant-looking highbrow with absurdly lengthy legs, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was once a veritable Hans Christian Andersen sketch of a guy. an odd mix of witty cosmopolite and depression introvert, he spent years writing below a sequence of fantastical pseudonyms, lavishing all of the attractiveness of his extraordinary brain on a seldom-appreciative international. He had a sad love affair with a tender lady, used to be ruled through an unforgettable previous testomony father, fought a sensational literary duel with a favored satiric journal, and died in the middle of a violent quarrel with the nation church for which he had as soon as studied theology. but this iconoclast produced a couple of outstanding books that experience profoundly motivated glossy thought.

during this vintage biography, the distinguished Kierkegaard translator Walter Lowrie offers an enthralling and warmly appreciative advent to the lifestyles and paintings of the good Danish author. Lowrie tells the tale of Kierkegaard's emotionally turbulent existence with a prepared experience of drama and an acute knowing of the way his existence formed his proposal. the result's a perfectly informative and pleasing portrait of 1 of an important thinkers of the prior centuries. This version additionally comprises Lowrie's wry essay "How Kierkegaard bought into English," which tells the unbelievable tale of ways Lowrie grew to become one among Kierkegaard's vital English translators regardless of now not studying Danish until eventually he used to be in his 60s, in addition to a brand new creation via Kierkegaard pupil Alastair Hannay.

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The path had become familiar to him and hence relatively easy, in spite of sickness on the short voyage and the dreadful journey by diligence from Stralsund to Berlin which he describes feelingly in Repetition (pp. ). But he made no visit to any other foreign city. This is the more significant because he had the means for foreign travel. He once exclaimed in his Journal, “ I am a poet, I must travel,” but nothing came of it. K. if he had gone to Italy, as Andersen did with such exuberant delight, as Thorwaldsen had done with such good effect, as so many of his country­ men did then and still do.

S father was undoubtedly a very able man. ” When he was barely thirty years old he had become a Wholesale grocer on a big scale. He was thus amassing a considerable fortune—when suddenly, in his fortieth year, he retired from active life and left his business to a nephew, Michael Andersen Kierkegaard. We cannot but wonder at this decision, for it is seldom a 21 Background merchant retires from a successful business in middle life when his vigor is unimpaired. In fact he had not quite reached the middle of his days, for he was to live forty-two years longer.

The path had become familiar to him and hence relatively easy, in spite of sickness on the short voyage and the dreadful journey by diligence from Stralsund to Berlin which he describes feelingly in Repetition (pp. ). But he made no visit to any other foreign city. This is the more significant because he had the means for foreign travel. He once exclaimed in his Journal, “ I am a poet, I must travel,” but nothing came of it. K. if he had gone to Italy, as Andersen did with such exuberant delight, as Thorwaldsen had done with such good effect, as so many of his country­ men did then and still do.

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