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Franz Werfel and the Critics
     

Franz Werfel and the Critics

by Jennifer Tonks Michaels
 

This book is the first to discuss the critical response to Franz Werfel (1890-1945), the German writer acclaimed in several genres, poetry, drama and the novel. His first collection of lyric poetry, Der Weltfreund (1911), made him famous in German-speaking countries as a leading Expressionist poet, admired by his contemporaries; his dramas were premiered on

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This book is the first to discuss the critical response to Franz Werfel (1890-1945), the German writer acclaimed in several genres, poetry, drama and the novel. His first collection of lyric poetry, Der Weltfreund (1911), made him famous in German-speaking countries as a leading Expressionist poet, admired by his contemporaries; his dramas were premiered on important stages in Germany and Austria, and during his exile in America the Broadway production of his play Jacobowsky and the Colonel won a Critics' Award in 1944. As a novelist, Werfel gained much popular success, with English translations of his novels becoming bestsellers. However, after his death in 1945 his popularity declined precipitately, and only recently has there been a revival of critical interest in his work. Franz Werfel and the Critics highlights the aspects of his work which have aroused the most critical interest, shows the trends in Werfel criticism which have shaped his reputation as a writer and thinker, and indicates areas for future research; it also discusses responses to Werfel's controversial religious and political beliefs.

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"The survey ranges far and wide, gives an accurate account of Werfel scholarship, and is a useful source of reference for anyone wishing to tackle Werfel as poet, novelist, dramatist or thinker." FORUM FOR MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES
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Examines the critical responses to the poetry, drama, and novels of German author Werfel (1890-1945). Among his work best known in the US are the Song of Bernadette and Jacobowsky and the Colonel. Chapters cover his lyric poetry, dramas, prose, the importance of geography and culture, and his religious and political thinking. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781879751996
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
12/04/1994
Series:
Literary Criticism in Perspective
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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