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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 cartoon of a guy. an odd blend of witty cosmopolite and depression introvert, he spent years writing lower than a sequence of fantastical pseudonyms, lavishing the entire attractiveness of his fantastic brain on a seldom-appreciative global. He had a sad love affair with a tender woman, used to be ruled via 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 kingdom church for which he had as soon as studied theology. but this iconoclast produced a few really good books that experience profoundly prompted smooth thought.

during this vintage biography, the distinguished Kierkegaard translator Walter Lowrie offers a captivating and warmly appreciative advent to the lifestyles and paintings of the good Danish author. Lowrie tells the tale of Kierkegaard's emotionally turbulent lifestyles with a prepared feel of drama and an acute figuring out of the way his existence formed his inspiration. the result's a perfectly informative and wonderful portrait of 1 of an important thinkers of the prior centuries. This version additionally contains Lowrie's wry essay "How Kierkegaard bought into English," which tells the inconceivable tale of ways Lowrie grew to become one among Kierkegaard's important English translators regardless of now not studying Danish till he used to be in his 60s, in addition to a brand new advent via Kierkegaard student Alastair Hannay.

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The least reputable member of the group, P. S. K. came into destructive collision on account of his relation to the Corsair, is supposed to figure as “ the Seducer” in both of these books. K. about the same time, and it is surmised that he and P. S. K. by presenting him in the character of a parrot, with evident allusion to his rasping voice. ’s not very amiable part in it. ’s in his youth, the only conlidant he ever had, to whom. he clung with a faithful memory of their old affection even to the day of his death, though it was evident then that there was little common ground between them and still less understanding.

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. —and perhaps quenched his peculiar talent! I recall that he was intolerant of heat, that he disliked bright sunlight and carried his famous umbrella as a protection against it; also that he preferred the autumn to every other 15 Background season of the year, and the late afternoon to every other time of day.

He who had sought with all his learning to combat his father’s illusion that he had committed the unforgivable sin, himself feil a victim to the same delusion. ’s nephews had several attacks of insanity and in one of them committed suicide. K. was entirely sane. He would have said no—but he would have added that no man is entirely sane. He recognized that in the period of his youthful revolt against his father and against God he was several times “on the verge” of insanity and was fearful of becoming actually insane.

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