The Marquise of O and Other Stories

The Marquise of O and Other Stories

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by Heinrich von Kleist
     
 

From 'The Marquis of O--', in which a woman is made pregnant without her knowledge, to the vivid and inexplicable suffering portrayed in 'The Earthquake in Chile', his stories are those of a man swimming against the tide of the German Enlightenment, unable to believe in the idealistic humanism of his day, and who sees human nature as irrational, ambiguous and baffling… See more details below

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From 'The Marquis of O--', in which a woman is made pregnant without her knowledge, to the vivid and inexplicable suffering portrayed in 'The Earthquake in Chile', his stories are those of a man swimming against the tide of the German Enlightenment, unable to believe in the idealistic humanism of his day, and who sees human nature as irrational, ambiguous and baffling. It is this loss of faith, together witrh his vulnerability and disequilibrium, his pronounced sense of evil, his desperate challenge to established values and beliefs, that carries Kleist more forcefully than Goethe or Schiller across the gap between the eighteenth century and today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804463652
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1973
Pages:
318

Table of Contents

The Marquise of O and Other StoriesIntroduction

The Earthquake in Chile
The Marquise of O—
Michael Kohlhaas
The Beggarwoman of Locarno
St. Cecilia or the Power of Music
The Betrothal in Santo Domingo
The Foundling
The Duel

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