Green Henry

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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 ...
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Overview

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
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585674275
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/29/2003
  • Series: Tusk Ivories Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 706
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Considered by many to be the preeminent Swiss writer, Gottfried Keller was born in Z&uumlrich, 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 Z&uumlrich, 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 Z├╝rich in 1890.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Part I
1 In Praise of my Origin 3
2 Father and Mother 9
3 Childhood. Elementary Theology. The School Bench 18
4 In Praise of God and of My Mother. Prayer 25
5 Little Meret 31
6 More about God. Dame Margaret and Her People 38
7 More about Dame Margaret 45
8 Childish Misdemeanour 57
9 The Morningtide of School Life 61
10 The Child at Play 67
11 Concerning the Theatre, Gretchen and the Long-tailed Monkey 74
12 The Family of Readers. Time of Lies 83
13 Springtime in Arms. Youthful Debts 91
14 Childish Boasting. Money Troubles 101
15 Peace in Retirement. My First Adversary and his Downfall 108
16 Bungling Teachers and Bad Pupils 116
17 Escape to Mother Nature 124
18 My Kindred 128
19 The New Life 135
20 Ideas of a Vocation 142
21 A Sabbath Idyll. The Schoolmaster and His Child 148
Part II
1 The Choice of a Career. My Mother and her Counsellors 161
2 Judith and Anna 167
3 Romance among the Beans 173
4 The Dance of Death 181
5 The Beginning of Work 189
6 The Swindler 201
7 Continuation 208
8 Springtime Again 213
9 War between the Philosopher and the Girls 227
10 The Tribunal in the Arbour 233
11 Religious Difficulties 240
12 The Confirmation Day 253
13 The Carnival Play 261
14 Tell 269
15 Table-Talk 275
16 The Country at Evening 286
17 The Friars 292
18 Judith 300
Part III
1 Work and Contemplation 311
2 A Miracle, and a Real Master 317
3 Anna 327
4 Judith 332
5 The Master's Folly, and his Pupil's 339
6 Suffering and Life 349
7 Death and Burial of Anna 356
8 Judith Goes Too 365
9 The Title-deed 371
10 The Skull 379
11 The Artists 404
12 Other People's Love Affairs 422
13 Carnival Again 434
14 A Fight between Fools 454
15 The Whimsy 489
Part IV
1 The Borghese Gladiator 505
2 Concerning Free Will 513
3 Modes of Living 520
4 The Miracle of the Flute 535
5 The Mysteries of Work 551
6 Dreams of Home 569
7 More Dreams 580
8 The Wandering Skull 591
9 At the Castle 600
10 The Luck Turns 612
11 Dorothea Schonfund 623
12 The Frozen Christian 635
13 The Iron Image 652
14 The Return and an Ave Caesar 675
15 The Course of the World 686
16 God's Table 695
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