By Walter Lowrie
A small, insignificant-looking highbrow with absurdly lengthy legs, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was once a veritable Hans Christian Andersen sketch of a guy. an odd mixture of witty cosmopolite and depression introvert, he spent years writing below a sequence of fantastical pseudonyms, lavishing the entire attractiveness of his excellent brain on a seldom-appreciative international. He had a sad love affair with a tender lady, used to be ruled through an unforgettable previous testomony father, fought a sensational literary duel with a well-liked satiric journal, and died in the middle of a violent quarrel with the kingdom church for which he had as soon as studied theology. but this iconoclast produced a couple of impressive books that experience profoundly motivated smooth thought.
during this vintage biography, the prestigious Kierkegaard translator Walter Lowrie provides a captivating and warmly appreciative creation to the lifestyles and paintings of the good Danish author. Lowrie tells the tale of Kierkegaard's emotionally turbulent existence with a prepared feel of drama and an acute realizing of the way his lifestyles formed his suggestion. the result's a superbly informative and interesting portrait of 1 of crucial thinkers of the previous centuries. This variation additionally contains Lowrie's wry essay "How Kierkegaard bought into English," which tells the unbelievable tale of ways Lowrie turned one in all Kierkegaard's primary English translators regardless of no longer studying Danish till he used to be in his 60s, in addition to a brand new advent through Kierkegaard student Alastair Hannay.
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For me this is a dolorous necessity, far more trying than it can be to the reader to puzzle over the dry details I am about to insist upon. , without footnotes, without any reference to authorities, without the least appearance of pedantry; and here at the outset I am confronted by this terrible snag, the necessity of writing a scholium—or giving the whole thing up. Before this problem I halted for five days, staring at it despairingly, unable to put pen to paper. But the thing must be done! I summon the reader to sharpen his wits and prepare himself to deal for a few minutes with a problem as intricate as a good crossword puzzle.
In the fact that he had taken his theological examination]—might my whole earthly destiny come to no more than this? Good Lord! My task cannot be so lowly, considering all I owe to him. ” The next entry is: “ Would that I knew what a young girl—” At this one might well be astonished if one did not know that on this pilgrimage he was thinking not only of his deceased father but of his prospective bride, to whom many of his disconsolate entries obscurely refer. This was an anxious thought, perhaps made more gloomy by his surroundings; and when we read in the Journal, Nulla dies sine lachryma (no day without a tear), we cannot teil for which loved one the tears were shed.
Perhaps this was not so unusual in Denmark, for the mother was one of three sisters who were all of them named Ane. Here we have two Sörens. Or should we say three? For Severine was the fem22 The Father ininc form of this name, S0ren being a corruption of Severinus. I do not know why this saint, who died towards the end of the fifth Century in Noricum and is buried near Naples, attained such celebrity in Denmark that at one time his name was bestowed in baptism more frequently than any other. How frequently it was used we can infer from the fact that S0rensen is still one of the commonest surnames.
A short life of Kierkegaard by Walter Lowrie