Selected Writings: Heinrich Von Kleist

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Selected Writings: Heinrich Von Kleist

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This selection contains all of Kleist's stories, including the notorious Marquise von O and the almost novel-length Michael Kohlaas, as well as three of his plays—The Broken Jug, Amphitryon, and Prince Friedrich of Homburg—and a selection of anecdotes and letters. Much of Kleist's effect is produced by his highly idiosyncratic and expressive syntax and language, and David Constantine's translation brilliantly reproduces his strangeness in English.

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Kleist was born in Frankfurt in 1777. He broke with his family's military tradition to devote himself to literature. An admirer of Napoleon, he was imprisoned, suspected of being a spy. In his last years he was always short of mone

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When he died in 1811 at the age of 34, Kleist left behind a corpus of works that, while small in quantity, were and still are among the finest German texts. This volume includes the majority of Kleist's writings in English translation. An outstanding representation of his work, this selection offers three plays, eight short stories, five anecdotes, and three essays. Kleist's dramas and stories resonate with complex circumstances and obscure consequences that the characters struggle to sail through. Things are not always what they seem to be; intriguingly, the guilty can look innocent and the innocent guilty. The play The Broken Jug, as well as the stories "Michael Kohlhaas" and "The Chilean Earthquake," depict predicaments of the falsely accused who are denied justice. Constantine, a fellow at Queen's College, Oxford, does an outstanding job of conveying the beauty of Kleist's literary style while allowing himself some liberties in translation. Highly recommended for literary and large collections.
-Ali Houissa, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY
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