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By Walter Lowrie

A small, insignificant-looking highbrow with absurdly lengthy legs, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) used to be a veritable Hans Christian Andersen cartoon of a guy. an odd mix of witty cosmopolite and depression introvert, he spent years writing less than a chain of fantastical pseudonyms, lavishing the entire elegance of his awesome brain on a seldom-appreciative international. He had a sad love affair with a tender lady, used to be ruled through an unforgettable outdated testomony father, fought a sensational literary duel with a favored satiric journal, and died in the middle of a violent quarrel with the nation church for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 few exceptional books that experience profoundly encouraged smooth thought.

during this vintage biography, the prestigious 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 willing feel of drama and an acute knowing of the way his lifestyles formed his suggestion. the result's a perfectly informative and interesting portrait of 1 of an important thinkers of the earlier centuries. This variation additionally contains Lowrie's wry essay "How Kierkegaard bought into English," which tells the unbelievable tale of ways Lowrie turned one among Kierkegaard's valuable English translators regardless of no longer studying Danish till he used to be in his 60s, in addition to a brand new creation through Kierkegaard pupil Alastair Hannay.

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By Aarsleff, which has only the defect of being much too big for “little Kierkegaard,” and hence is not nearly so good as the little Statuette by Hasselriis from which it was copied. With all this elegance Copenhagen still enjoyed the amenities of a small town which had not yet become an in­ dustrial center—a town which was refreshed by the salt water of the Sounds which nearly encircled it, and by the forests which crept close to it on the other side. K. being one of the few great men who was born there.

K. knew everybody that was worth knowing—and many more. K. was to learn to his discomfiture that no distinguished man in Copenhagen was unknown to the populace he encountered in the Street. After he became an author and was so constantly engrossed in his writing that he rarely admitted any one to his house, his social life was lived in the Street, where he took the frequent promenades which were his sole recreation, and where he discoursed amicably with everybody, with simple market-women as understandingly as with university dons, not only giving out his sympathy but getting from all of them something he could turn to account.

S twenty-fifth birthday in May 1838 and his father’s death on the eighth of the following August. Fortunately, Gottsched, a German lover of Kierkegaard, took up the task of editing his papers when Barfod, because of failing health, dropped it ten years later. Gottsched was responsible for five volumes out of the eight, performing his task admirably and expeditiously in less than two years. But the editors of the latest edition accepted without question Barfod’s date for the gilt-edged document, and naturally the English translator followed them.

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