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On Four Modern Humanists: Hofmannsthal, Gundolph, Curtius, Kantorowicz

On Four Modern Humanists: Hofmannsthal, Gundolph, Curtius, Kantorowicz

Copyright Date: 1970
Pages: 240
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    On Four Modern Humanists: Hofmannsthal, Gundolph, Curtius, Kantorowicz
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    Five experts present their viewpoints on four of the most important figures in recent intellectual and cultural history. Professor Egon Schwarz evaluates Hofmannsthal as a critic; Professors C. V. Bock and Lother Helbing combine forces in an analysis of Gundolf; Professor Yakov Malkiel has provided an evocative, ornately styleddocument luimainon Kantorowicz; Professor Evans presents the first substantial study of Curtius. The combined insight of the authors gives us a new and better understanding of these cultural figures, their associations with and influences on each other, and the broad impact they still have.

    Originally published in 1970.

    ThePrinceton Legacy Libraryuses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-7196-4
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface A
    (pp. vii-2)
    The Editor
  4. Hugo Von Hofmannsthal as a Critic
    (pp. 3-53)
    Egon Schwarz

    THESE WORDS, written by the young Hugo von Hofmannsthal and published in a Viennese journal in 1894 under the pseudonym “Loris,”² aim at describing the critical stance of Walter Pater. But they reveal several features just as characteristic of Hofmannsthal himself.

    One of these is Platonism, a characteristic to remain with him to the end of his days in spite of many troubling challenges:³ art partakes of perfection and perfection in turn exists in a higher realm of the spirit, “a strange harmonious world.” Tokens from this sacred sphere descend upon our commonplace earth only infrequently and mysteriously. The observer...

  5. Friedrich Gundolf
    (pp. 54-84)
    Lothar Helbing and C. V. Bock

    THE NAME of Friedrich Gundolf is associated with the German public’s first encounter with the poetry of Stefan George. Previously, George had been considered by most of his contemporaries as both strange and uncommunicative. Through the typographical layout of his books, but above all through a life withdrawn from contemporary activity in the field of literature, George had consciously deepened the cleft between himself and the Germany of the Wilhelmine period. He had entered into relationships with a very small number of poets, artists, and intellectuals and even then only after careful examination and always with the possibility ofBlatter...

  6. Ernst Robert Curtius
    (pp. 85-145)
    Arthur R. Evans Jr.

    BORN into thenoblesse de robeof German gentry, officialdom, and scholarship, Ernst Robert Curtius seemed predestined, by right and obligation of ancestry, to play a leading role in Germany’s national life. The Curtius family came from the coast of the Baltic sea, Ernst Robert’s great-great-grandfather, Carl Werner (1735-95), having emigrated as a medical doctor from the present Estonian port city of Narva to Lübeck, the prosperous emporium at the west end of the Baltic and formerly the capital of the Hanseatic league. His son, Carl Georg (1771-1857), whose life spanned the golden age of German literature and thought, typified,...

  7. Ernst H. Kantorowicz
    (pp. 146-220)
    Yakov Malkiel

    MY CREDENTIALS for writing an essay on Ernst H. Kantorowicz must be carefully qualified. During the nine years or so that his teaching and research activities on the Berkeley campus overlapped with my own (1942-51) I met him quite regularly in the stacks of our University Library and at the homes of mutual friends; was occasionally invited to his place; attended several semipublic lectures of his and had the satisfaction of seeing him in the audience at a few of my own academic performances. Equally important, I quite often heard him take part, with unusual gusto, even ardor, yet with...

  8. Index
    (pp. 221-226)