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Friedrich Schlegel

Literary Notebooks 1797-1801



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Schlegel's notebooks, like those of Coleridge, are complementary to his published writings; they are repositories in which can be traced the growth and continued revision of his ideas. One hundred survived his death, more than half of which have been preserved; of the series of fifteen which deal with literature, none has hitherto been published. Dr Eichner has edited the first three of this series, covering Schlegel's most influential period, the years 1797-1801. In these pages is to be found the only record of the theory of the Roman which he later proclaimed as the gospel of romantische Poesie, and the original versions of many of his published Fragmente. The ideas later to take shape in the Gespr ch uber die Poesie are seen here in their first form. No less than in his published works, Schlegel reveals himself in these notebooks as one of the founders of modern criticism. The text is given in the original German. The editor, who is Associate Professor of German at Queen's University, Ontario, has provided an introduction and an extensive commentary in English.

Author Biography

Hans Eichner (1921-2009) was a professor of German at the University of Toronto. He published and edited numerous books and articles on German literature, ranging over two centuries, from Goethe to Thomas Mann. He had an international reputation as a scholar of German Romanticism. In particular, his work on Friedrich Schlegel, which included several books, many articles and the co-editorship of the historical-critical edition, made him a leading authority on that author.
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December 15th, 1957
Edited by Hans Eichner
Illustrations, black and white
University of Toronto Press
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