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Salomon Gessner: His Creative Achievement and Influence

Salomon Gessner: His Creative Achievement and Influence


Part of Anglica Germanica Series 2

  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521157834

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  • At a time when German was generally despised as a barbaric tongue, Salomon Gessner was hailed in Europe as a poet of universal significance. Yet today he is scarcely known. John Hibberd sets the writer in context, traces the story of his impact, and stresses his significance as a key to the taste of his age. He finds the reasons for Gessner's remarkable success in his appeal to the feeling for nature and natural simplicity nascent in the mid-eighteenth century, and in his ability to be many things to many men by reconciling the main cultural trends of that time - Pre-Romanticism and Neo-Classicism. Originally published in 1976, this was the first book on the subject in English. It went beyond previous books on Gessner in both detail and scope; it called for a greater appreciation of Gessner's historical importance, but also assesed his achievements as a writer, engraver and painter.

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    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521157834
    • length: 202 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.26kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Towards a synthesis
    2. A taste of nature
    3. Sentiment
    4. Charm and invention
    5. Family, business and art
    6. The Gessner cult
    7. German reactions

  • Author

    John Hibberd, University of Bristol

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