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

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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.

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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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