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A Greek hermit recounts the pivotal phases of his life, from his discovery of the vanished glory of antiquity, through his encounter with his beloved Diotima, to his participation... Read more
A Greek hermit recounts the pivotal phases of his life, from his discovery of the vanished glory of antiquity, through his encounter with his beloved Diotima, to his participation in a Greek uprising against Ottoman Turkish tyranny.
Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) achieved recognition as one of the greatest German poets of lyrical verse. Schoolmate of Hegel and Schelling, Holderlin's poems contain threads of philosophical thinking and Greek dramatic themes. Holderlin wrote Hyperion, his only extended prose work, shortly before being institutionalized for his mental instabilities. Ross Benjamin is a freelance writer and translator living in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, The Nation, Metamorphoses: A Journal of Literary Translation and other publications. He was a 2003-2004 Fulbright Scholar in Berlin and a 2005 Woolrich Writing Fellow at Columbia University.
Sophocles, Holderlin, Brecht and Malina have all left their imprint on this dramatic text. Friedrich Holderlin translated Sophocles into German, Brecht adapted Holderlin and Judith Malina has rendered Brecht's version into an English incarnation.
Friedrich Holderlin is recognized as one of Europe's supreme poets. Together the works collected here show Holderlin's use of Classical and Christian imagery and his exploration of cosmology and history in an attempt to find meaning in an uncertain world.
One of Germany's greatest poets, Johann Christian Friedrich Holderlin (1770-1843) was also a prose writer of intense feeling, intelligence and perception. This title includes translation of selected letters and essays that traces the life and thoughts of this extraordinary writer.
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