Green Henry

Green Henry

by Gottfried Keller
     
 

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Green Henry is a vivid and absorbing representation of Gottfried Keller's ideals and philosophy, written in poetic language and a realistic style that documents the emergence of an artist and the development of a man. Partly autobiographical, the narrative recounts the experiences of the title character ("green" after the color of clothing he always wears)…  See more details below

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Green Henry is a vivid and absorbing representation of Gottfried Keller's ideals and philosophy, written in poetic language and a realistic style that documents the emergence of an artist and the development of a man. Partly autobiographical, the narrative recounts the experiences of the title character ("green" after the color of clothing he always wears) through confinement and ostracism at boarding school, apprenticeship with a painter in Munich, his divided affection for two women, and the acceptance of his duty toward his country and fellow citizens.

Admired by Nietzsche (who called Keller "the only living German writer") and included by Harold Bloom in The Western Canon, Green Henry is one of the undisputed masterpieces of world literature.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Scholars often hail this as Keller's finest work. Released in 1853, the book has autobiographical overtones as it relates the life of a man struggling under the weight of demands imposed upon him by family, country, and his own artistic ambitions. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585674275
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
07/29/2003
Series:
Tusk Ivories Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
706
Sales rank:
1,172,440
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Considered by many to be the preeminent Swiss writer, Gottfried Keller was born in Zürich, Switzerland in 1819. In 1834, he was expelled from school and pursued an abortive career as a painter. His first poems were published in 1846 in Zürich, where he was appointed clerk to the canton in 1861. In addition to Green Henry, composed between 1850 and 1853 and first published in 1855, Keller wrote several volumes of short stories and poetry. He died in Zürich in 1890.

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