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By Mark Boulby

This is the 1st whole biographical and demanding research of Karl Philipp Moritz (1756–93), German novelist, instructor, journalist, and philogist. His mental novel, Anton Reiser, replete with insights into the sociological and mental lifetime of the time, used to be essentially the most vital eighteenth-century German novels. Moritz used to be in shut contact with lots of the significant highbrow currents in Weimar and Berlin—from aesthetics and linguistics at the one hand to pietistical and mystical events at the other—and he used to be a pal of Goethe and of alternative major German literary figures besides. His profession was once a turbulent one, made all of the tougher via his many-sided mental difficulties, which play a wide position in his autobiographical writings.

Karl Philipp Moritz hasn't ever been absolutely forgotten, yet scholarly curiosity in him has elevated dramatically within the previous few a long time. His works, quite Anton Reiser, have additionally generated substantial renowned curiosity. this is often the 1st entire monograph in this multi-faceted smooth writer—an striking truth in mild of the homage paid Moritz through such contemporaries as Goethe, Schiller, and Jean Paul. Mark Boulby has succeeded admirably in touching on all of the often disparate rules of Moritz to the tendencies of the interval, and has mixed theoretical research and biographical research in a readable and energetic book.

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