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By Melissa S. Lane, Martin A. Ruehl

ISBN-10: 157113462X

ISBN-13: 9781571134622

The poet Stefan George (1868-1933) used to be essentially the most vital cultural figures in glossy Germany. His poetry, in its originality and impression, has been ranked with that of Goethe, Hölderlin, or Rilke. but George's succeed in prolonged some distance past the field of literature. in the course of his final 3 many years, he attracted a circle of disciples who subscribed to his homoerotic and aestheticist imaginative and prescient of existence and sought to remodel it into fact. The works and regarded the circle profoundly affected the highbrow and cultural attitudes of Germany's knowledgeable center type from the start of the 20th century, and are therefore the most important to Germany's cultural and highbrow heritage. The transition from the aestheticist, cosmopolitan values the circle embraced within the early 1900s to the extra explicitly political and patriotic perspectives a lot of its participants espoused in the course of the Weimar Republic either conditioned and mirrored a momentous transformation in German idea. The intersection of tradition and politics within the George Circle has bought little cognizance in English-language scholarship in the past. This quantity comprises contributions from significant students in either English- and German-speaking international locations. Its viewers contains students and scholars of German languages and literature, German historical past, and reception of the classics, between different fields. individuals: Adam Bisno, Richard Faber, Rüdiger Görner, Peter Hoffmann, Thomas Karlauf, Melissa S. Lane, Robert E. Lerner, David Midgley, Robert E. Norton, Ray Ockenden, Ute Oelmann, Martin A. Ruehl, Bertram Schefold.

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Some of the youngest associates, representatives of the third generation of disciples, now moved center stage, as they looked after their increasingly frail Master on his last travels. After George’s death, the intricate network of friendships and associations that constituted his Circle collapsed with surprising speed. Some of his most cherished disciples, including Claus and Berthold von Stauffenberg, as well as Frank Mehnert, were killed. Many of the Jewish followers, among them Karl Wolfskehl and Ernst Kantorowicz, emigrated.

George next received a letter from Hofmannsthal’s father. Assuring the German stranger that he meant no harm, Dr. von Hofmannsthal offered to explain in person the grounds for requesting that his son be left alone (G/H, 241). George’s lengthy reply stated that he would soon be leaving Vienna, perhaps never to return. Wanting only reconciliation, he wrote, “das konnte denn kein wunder sein dass ich mich dieser person ans herz warf (Carlos? ) und habe dabei durchaus nichts anrüchiges gefunden” (G/H, 242).

RUEHL undertake after the war: Percy Gothein, “Letzte Universitätsjahre/Der Tod des Vaters: Aus einem Erinnerungsbuch,” Castrum Peregrini 26 (1956): 7–32; here, 18. 43 E. Landmann, Gespräche mit Stefan George, 178, 182. For George’s anti-Catholicism, see also 100, 108, 196. George seems to have particularly relished the antipapal passages of Kantorowicz’s Kaiser Friedrich. See Landmann, Gespräche, 166. ” For George’s changed view of Prussianness, see his statement: “Von einem Haß gegen Preußentum und Bismarck ist seit dem ersten Weltkriege nichts zu spüren: wesentlich ist der Wille zum nationalen Halt.

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