The Whole Difference: Selected Writings of Hugo von Hofmannsthal

The Whole Difference: Selected Writings of Hugo von Hofmannsthal

by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691129096

ISBN-13: 9780691129099

Pub. Date: 10/06/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Hugo von Hofmannsthal is one of the modern era's most important writers, but his fame as Richard Strauss's pioneering collaborator on such operas as Der Rosenkavalier and Die Frau ohne Schatten has obscured his other remarkable writings: his precocious lyric poetry, inventive short fiction, keen essays, and visionary plays. The Whole Difference

Overview

Hugo von Hofmannsthal is one of the modern era's most important writers, but his fame as Richard Strauss's pioneering collaborator on such operas as Der Rosenkavalier and Die Frau ohne Schatten has obscured his other remarkable writings: his precocious lyric poetry, inventive short fiction, keen essays, and visionary plays. The Whole Difference, which includes new translations as well as classic ones long out of print, is a fresh introduction to the enormous range of this extraordinary artist, and the most comprehensive collection of Hofmannsthal's writings in English.

Selected and edited by the poet and librettist J. D. McClatchy, this collection includes early lyric poems; short prose works, including "The Tale of Night Six Hundred and Seventy-Two," "A Tale of the Cavalry," and the famous "Letter of Lord Chandos"; two full-length plays, The Difficult Man and The Tower; as well as the first act of The Cavalier of the Rose. From the glittering salons of imperial Vienna to the bloodied ruins of Europe after the Great War, the landscape of Hofmannsthal's world stretches across the extremes of experience. This collection reflects those extremes, including both the sparkling social comedy of "the difficult man" Hans Karl, so sensitive that he cannot choose between the two women he loves, and the haunting fictional letter to Francis Bacon in which Lord Chandos explains why he can no longer write. Complete with an introduction by McClatchy, this collection reveals an artist whose unusual subtlety and depth will enthrall readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691129099
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/06/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
POEMS
GHAZAL (1891) 23
translated by Stephen Yenser
AN EXPERIENCE (1892) 24
translated by J. D. McClatchy
STANZAS IN TERZA RIMA (1895) 26
translated by J. D. McClatchy
THE BOTH OF THEM (1896) 28
translated by J. D. McClatchy
BALLAD OF THE OUTER LIFE (1896) 29
translated by J. D. McClatchy
WE WENT ALONG A WAY . . . (1897) 30
translated by J. D. McClatchy
THREE EPIGRAMS (1898) 32
translated by J. D. McClatchy
IN MEMORY OF THE ACTOR MITTERWURZER (1898) 33
translated by J. D. McClatchy

FICTION
THE TALE OF NIGHT SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-TWO (1895) 39
translated by Michael Henry Heim
A TALE OF THE CAVALRY (1898) 56
translated by Mary Hottinger

ESSAYS
THE LETTER OF LORD CHANDOS (1902) 69
translated by Tania and James Stern
MOMENTS IN GREECE (1908-1914) 80
translated by Tania and James Stern
A MEMORY OF BEAUTIFUL DAYS (1908) 101
translated by Tania and James Stern
SHAKESPEARE'S KINGS AND NOBLEMEN (1905) 109
translated by Tania and James Stern
BALZAC (1908) 128
translated by Tania and James Stern
SEBASTIAN MELMOTH (1905) 143
translated by Tania and James Stern
FROM THE BOOK OF FRIENDS (1922) 147
translated by Tania and James Stern

LIBRETTI
THE CAVALIER OF THE ROSE, ACT I (1911) 153
translated by Christopher Holme

PLAYS
THE DIFFICULT MAN: A COMEDY IN THREE ACTS (1921) 201
translated by Willa Muir
THE TOWER: A TRAGEDY IN FIVE ACTS (SECOND VERSION, 1927) 366
translated by Alfred Schwarz

Notes 493
For Further Reading 501

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