Nathan the Wise: With Related Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture) / Edition 1 by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Ronald Schechter, Ronald Schechter | | 9780312442439 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Nathan the Wise: With Related Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture) / Edition 1

Nathan the Wise: With Related Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture) / Edition 1

by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Ronald Schechter, Ronald Schechter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312442432

ISBN-13: 9780312442439

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

One of the most frequently performed and widely read comedies of the eighteenth century, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Nathan the Wise (1779) combines rich characterization with an engaging plot. Set in Muslim-ruled Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades, it deals with universal themes — including the nature of God, antisemitism, wealth and poverty, and the

Overview

One of the most frequently performed and widely read comedies of the eighteenth century, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Nathan the Wise (1779) combines rich characterization with an engaging plot. Set in Muslim-ruled Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades, it deals with universal themes — including the nature of God, antisemitism, wealth and poverty, and the conflict between love and duty. Today the play is as timely as ever. This edition, the first English version expressly intended for undergraduates, contains an insightful introduction that discusses the play, Lessing and the Enlightenment, and the situation of Jews in eighteenth-century Europe. Additionally, there are five related historical documents — each with a context-setting headnote — illustrations, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312442439
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Bedford Series in History and Culture
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
171
Sales rank:
622,059
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

A Note about the Text and Translation

List of Illustrations

PART ONE
Introduction: Beyond Tolerance — Lessing, Nathan the Wise, and the Legacy of the Enlightenment

PART TWO
Nathan the Wise

PART THREE
Related Documents
1. Johann Andrea Eisenmenger, Jewry Revealed, 1700
2. Christian Wilhelm von Dohm, On the Civic Improvement of the Jews, 1781
3. François-Louis-Claude Marin, History of Saladin, 1758
4. Moses Mendelssohn, On Lessing, 1786
5. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Theodicy, 1710

Appendixes
A Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Chronology (1729-1786)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography

Index

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