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. a wierd blend of witty cosmopolite and depression introvert, he spent years writing less than a chain of fantastical pseudonyms, lavishing all of the elegance of his tremendous brain on a seldom-appreciative international. He had a sad love affair with a tender woman, used to be ruled by way of 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 country church for which he had as soon as studied theology. but this iconoclast produced a few terrific books that experience profoundly prompted sleek thought.
during this vintage biography, the distinguished Kierkegaard translator Walter Lowrie offers a captivating and warmly appreciative creation to the lifestyles and paintings of the good Danish author. Lowrie tells the tale of Kierkegaard's emotionally turbulent lifestyles with a prepared experience of drama and an acute realizing of the way his lifestyles formed his inspiration. the result's a superbly informative and pleasing portrait of 1 of crucial thinkers of the previous centuries. This version additionally contains Lowrie's wry essay "How Kierkegaard obtained into English," which tells the unbelievable tale of the way Lowrie grew to become one in all Kierkegaard's primary English translators regardless of now not studying Danish until eventually he was once in his 60s, in addition to a brand new creation by way of Kierkegaard pupil Alastair Hannay.
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