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A Poet Or Nothing At All

The Tübingen and Basel Years of Herman Hesse

Richard C. Helt

272 pages, 8 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-049-6 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (October 1996)

ISBN  978-1-57181-075-5 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (October 1996)

Hb Pb   Recommend to your Library

"... recommended to graduates and faculty"  · Choice

"It is an extraordinary tale of dedication in the face of the severest parental disapproval, financial hardship and ill-health. Helt tells it well, drawing extensively on primary sources such as letters, diary entries and the like, and demonstrates the extent to which Hesse subsumed all his efforts to conducting his apprenticeship … A readable and informative volume, which usefully augments our knowledge of the rigorous years of a major modern writer."  · Journal of European Studies

The most original, new work on Hesse in many years and the definitive study of the young Herman Hesse, offering much previously unknown material such as his "neo-Romantic" poetry of which two dozen are published here for the first time in the original.

Richard C. Helt is Professor and Head of German, Department of Modern Languages, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Subject: General Cultural Studies
Area: Germany

LC: PT2617.E85 Z72153 1996

BL: YC.1997.a.222

BISAC: POE005030 POETRY/Continental European; LIT004170 LITERARY CRITICISM/European/German

BIC: JFC Cultural studies


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Chapter 1. Chronology
Chapter 2. Parents, Son and School

Chapter 3. The Tübingen Years: Not Quite "Breaking Away"

  • Bookseller and Privatstudent
  • A Poet Emerges

Chapter 4.  Social Life and First Successes

  • "Lulu," the Summer of 1899, and Leaving Tübingen

PART II: BASEL (1899-1903)

Chapter 5. Chronology

Chapter 6. Adjusting to Basel and New Freedom

  • A Basel Cénacle

Chapter 7. Elizabeth

  • Taking a Critical Look at Basel: Das Rathaus

Chapter 8. New Contacts, New Poetry - The Notturni, the Gedichte
The Waldpfarrer and his friends

Chapter 9. The Last Cénacler, Ludwig Finckh
The Notturni and the Gedichte



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