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 mix of witty cosmopolite and depression introvert, he spent years writing less than a sequence of fantastical pseudonyms, lavishing all of the beauty of his superb brain on a seldom-appreciative global. He had a sad love affair with a tender woman, was once ruled through 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 nation church for which he had as soon as studied theology. but this iconoclast produced a few great books that experience profoundly prompted sleek thought.
during this vintage biography, the prestigious Kierkegaard translator Walter Lowrie offers an enthralling and warmly appreciative creation to the existence and paintings of the nice Danish author. Lowrie tells the tale of Kierkegaard's emotionally turbulent lifestyles with a prepared experience of drama and an acute realizing of ways his existence formed his suggestion. the result's a superbly informative and pleasing portrait of 1 of an important thinkers of the earlier centuries. This variation additionally contains Lowrie's wry essay "How Kierkegaard acquired into English," which tells the inconceivable tale of ways Lowrie grew to become certainly one of Kierkegaard's relevant English translators regardless of now not studying Danish until eventually he was once in his 60s, in addition to a brand new advent by means of Kierkegaard student Alastair Hannay.
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Some of my contemporaries are of the opinion that to be an author in Denmark affords a poor livelihood. They do not merely mean that this is the case with such a questionable author as I am, who have not a single reader, and only a few who get so far as the middle of the book, and of whom therefore they are not thinking in passing this judgment; but they mean that it is the case even with distinguished authors. Now this land is only a little land. But in Greece was it so mean a position to be a magistrate, even though it cost money to be one?.
Though he was loyal to the 23 Background State Church and devoted to his pastor, J. L. Mynster, who afterwards became Bishop of Seeland, there was a time when he frequented the meetings of the Moravian Brethren, where he found many of the friends who became intimate with the family. His own profound melancholy impressed upon his religion a character of severity and gloom which was disastrous to his children, to S0ren especially, as will be evident in the sequel. Not many merchants on retiring from business contrive to employ their leisure as well as he did.
E. on pp. 67, 79, 92,118, 128), I have placed one after another the six sections into which this docu ment is divided. Because I have made so much of this document I am obliged to justify my appraisal of it. For me this is a dolorous necessity, far more trying than it can be to the reader to puzzle over the dry details I am about to insist upon. , without footnotes, without any reference to authorities, without the least appearance of pedantry; and here at the outset I am confronted by this terrible snag, the necessity of writing a scholium—or giving the whole thing up.
A short life of Kierkegaard by Walter Lowrie