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The Nibelungenlied
Anonymous
0140441379
Apr 1965
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Letters to a Young Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke, M.D. Herter Norton (Translator)
0393310396
August 2004
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Book Review
It would take a deeply cynical heart not to fall in love with Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. At the end of this millennium, his slender book holds everything a student of the century could want: the unedited thoughts of (arguably) the most important European poet of the modern age. Rilke wrote these 10 sweepingly emotional letters in 1903, addressing a former student of one of his own teachers. The recipient was wise enough to omit his own inquiries from the finished product, which means that we get a marvelously undiluted dose of Rilkean aesthetics and exhortation.

The poet prefaced each letter with an evocative notation of the city in which he wrote, including Paris, Rome, and the outskirts of Pisa. Yet he spends most of the time encouraging the student in his own work, delivering a sublime,...



Europe Central
William T. Vollmann
0143036599
November 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In the small set of America's best contemporary novelists, Vollmann is the perpetual comet. Every two years or so he flashes across the sky with another incredibly learned, incredibly written, incredibly long novel. Two years ago, with Argall, he easily bested John Barth in the writing of 17th-century prose while taking up the tired story of the settlement of Jamestown and making it absolutely riveting. His latest departs from his usual themes--the borders between natives and Westerners, or prostitutes and johns--to take on Central Europe in the 20th century. "The winged figures on the bridges of Berlin are now mostly flown, for certain things went wrong in Europe...." What went wrong is captured in profiles of real persons (Kathe Kollwitz, Kurt Gerstein, Dmitri Shostakovich, General Paulus and General Vlasov) as...


Breaking Boundaries
Karen Leeder
0198159102
May 1996
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Book Description
This book is a critical study of the younger generation of poets who were "born into" the established socialist state of the former East Germany. It explores the ways in which these poets have broken the literary and political boundaries that were imposed upon them, examines their works, and
assesses the durability of their radical project in the light of recent developments.

Language Notes
Text: English, German


Faust
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
0385031149
June 1961
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Book Description
The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation conveys the poetic beauty and rhythm as well as the complex depth of Goethe's language. Includes Part One and selections from Part Two.

Language Notes
Text: English, German (translation)

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Prison Poems
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
0310267048
Sept 2005
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Book Description
This book contains the powerful, personal, and deeply moving poetry written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most important Christian writers and martyrs of the century.




From the Back Cover
Night and silence.
Only footsteps and shouts of the guards.
Do you not hear it in this silenced house,
shaking, breaking, and collapsing,
as hundreds kindle the glowing ember
of their hearts?

“When I was in prison, no writings encouraged me more than Bonhoeffer’s.”
—Chuck Colson

Here in one volume are all ten of the dramatic poems that Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote during his confinement in Prison on charges of conspiring to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Prison Poems is the stirring, deeply...


Europe Central
William T. Vollmann
0670033928
March 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In the small set of America's best contemporary novelists, Vollmann is the perpetual comet. Every two years or so he flashes across the sky with another incredibly learned, incredibly written, incredibly long novel. Two years ago, with Argall, he easily bested John Barth in the writing of 17th-century prose while taking up the tired story of the settlement of Jamestown and making it absolutely riveting. His latest departs from his usual themes--the borders between natives and Westerners, or prostitutes and johns--to take on Central Europe in the 20th century. "The winged figures on the bridges of Berlin are now mostly flown, for certain things went wrong in Europe...." What went wrong is captured in profiles of real persons (Kathe Kollwitz, Kurt Gerstein, Dmitri Shostakovich, General Paulus and General Vlasov) as...


Tristan
Gottfried Von Strassburg
0140440984
January 1960
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Language Notes
Text: German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Paul Celan and Martin Heidegger : An Unresolved Conversation, 1951--1970
James K. Lyon
0801883024
March 15, 2006
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Review
"Lyon succeeds in presenting the explicit and implicit relation between the major philosopher and the most challenging poet of twentieth-century Europe, Martin Heidegger and Paul Celan, with much sound and original scholarship and ample coverage of what was already known. He provides a full chronological and topical picture of the philosophical, poetic, and personal issues that both bind and distance the two men, while at the same time, ultimately letting the reader decide how to assess their crucial relationship. In achieving this, he rectifies the overly tilted anti-Heidegger view that has prevailed." -- John Felstiner, Stanford University

Book Description
This work explores the troubled relationship and unfinished intellectual dialogue between Paul Celan, regarded by many as the most...


Twentieth-Century German Poetry
Michael Hofmann
0374105359
Dec 2006
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Review
"Michael Hofmann has a skeptical intelligence, an observant eye, a compulsion to speak the unspeakable, and the useful wariness of the displaced person." --Helen Vendler, The New York Review of Books


Brother Hermann's 'Life of the Countess Yolanda of Vianden' (Leben der Graefen Iolande von Vianden) (Medieval Texts & Translations)
Richard H. Lawson
1571130500
July 13, 1995
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Book Description
Brother Hermann was a cleric in the region of Luxembourg in the last quarter of the thirteenth century; evidence from his Life of the Countess Yolanda suggests that he was a Dominican with, perhaps surprisingly, knowledge of the Middle High German courtly epic and the poetry of other contemporaries such as Walther von der Vogelweide. The Life, written shortly after Yolanda's death in 1283, concentrates on her struggle from childhood to free herself from secular society, principally by avoiding a contracted marriage, and to enter the cloister of Marienthal, of which she became Prioress. Although Brother Hermann's epic is hagiographic in tone, the fact that he wrote it in German, not based on a Latin vita suggests that he did not regard Yolanda as a candidate for sainthood; his heroine's attempts to find fulfillment have...


Mary-Verse of the Teutonic Knights
Mary Ellen Goenner
0404502393
Dec 1988
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Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties
Rainer Maria Rilke
0393310981
August 2004
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Book Description
An anthology of Rilke's strongest poetry and prose for both aficionados and new readers. Here is a mini-anthology of poetry and prose for both aficionados and those readers discovering Rainer Maria Rilke for the first time. John J. L. Mood has assembled a collection of Rilke's strongest work, presenting commentary along with the selections. Mood links into an essay passages from letters that show Rilke's profound understanding of men and women and his ardent spirituality, rooted in the senses. Combining passion and sensitivity, the poems on love presented here are often not only sensual but sexual as well. Others pursue perennial themes in his work—death and life, growth and transformation. The book concludes with Rilke's reflections on wisdom and openness to experience, on grasping what is most difficult and...


Topographies of Gender in Middle High German Arthurian Romance
Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand
041593009X
Jan 2001
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Review
"Sterling-Hellenbrand's book is a brilliant revision of earlier, character-based notions of gender.."
–Speculum, October 2003



Book Description
This book explores the metaphor of topography as a mechanism for the inscription of gender roles in Arthurian romance. The book focuses on the way in which topography and gender merge in the landscapes of various works written in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries: Herzog Earnst, The Nibelungenlied, Hartmann von Aue, Erec and Iwein, Wolfram von Eschenbach, and Parzival.

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Faust
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
0192835955
October 1998
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Book Description
This new translation, in rhymed verse, of Goethe's Faust--one of the greatest dramatic and poetic masterpieces of European literature--preserves the essence of Goethe's meaning without resorting either to an overly literal, archaic translation or to an overly modern idiom. It remains the
nearest "equivalent" rendering of the German ever achieved.


Ahead of All Parting : The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke (Modern Library)
Rainer Maria Rilke, Stephen Mitchell (Translator)
0679601619
August 1, 1995
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Struwwelpeter: In English Translation
Heinrich Hoffmann
0486284697
April 1995
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Book Description
1845 children's book relates the consequences that befall children who torment animals, play with matches, suck their thumbs, etc.


The Poetic Edda : Volume II: Mythological Poems (Poetic Edda)
Ursula Dronke
0198111819
December 4, 1997
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Book Description
This new edition of mythological poems from the Poetic Edda takes the reader deep into the imagination of the Viking poets (c.1000 AD). Setting text and translation side by side, Dronke provides full introductions and commentaries for each of the poems.


Justice and the Social Context of Early Middle High German Literature
Robert G. Sullivan
0415936853
Aug 2001
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Review
"A welcome addition to a relatively new, broadly conceived series of medieval "monographs by scholars in the early stages of their careers"."
–Ipeculum April 2003



Book Description
Early Middle High German religious literature, a substantial corpus of wide-ranging verse and prose works written between ca. 1050 and 1170, was long dismissed as derivative and overzealously ascetic. This book argues that far from preaching traditional, otherworldly ideals, the authors or these religious works were deeply engaged in the social, political, and spiritual issues that characterized the Holy Roman Empire at a time of radical transformation. The authors urged their listeners, especially men and women of the nobility, to pursue a justice responsive to the needs of their...


Letters on C¿zanne
Rainer Maria Rilke, Joel Agee (Translator)
086547639X
September 15, 2002
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From Library Journal
These letters to his wife were written by Rilke on a sojourn to Paris in 1907, where he found himself drawn to the Grand Palais every day to see a posthumous exhibit of Cezanne's paintings, staged one year after the French painter's death. Many of the letters are included in day-by-day succession, as Rilke outlines his deep affinity to Cezanne, as well as to van Gogh, in exquisite detail. Agee succeeds in capturing Rilke's instinct for language; we see the painters through Rilke's eyes as dedicated and committed to making paintings that stretch the viewer's imagination and capacity for devotion. This slender volume lacks illustrations, which would have been useful. Some of these letters appeared in Rilke's later masterwork, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (first published in English in 1952). Saying as much...


Introduction to German Poetry (Dual-Language)
Guy Stern (Editor)
048626713X
June 1991
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Book Description
Treasury of 42 great poems includes important works by Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Hölderlin, Brecht and many other masters. Complete German texts plus expert literal English translations on facing pages. Also a wealth of biographical and critical commentary on each poet. Introduction. 34 black-and-white illus (portraits).


The Cambridge Companion to Goethe (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
Lesley Sharpe (Editor)
0521665604
May 2, 2002
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Review
"Sharpe's beautifully edited book offers timely essays on the most significangt aspects of Goethe's monumental work.... This remarkable set of essays avoids repetition and oversimplifcation while reflecting prudently on the presen status of Goethe scholarship. highly recommended for all academic and public collections." Choice

"In a word, this is without a doubt a highly useful book...It should be of great use to the non-Germanist, and certainly should find its place in many an introductory undergraduate and graduate class." German Studies Review, Horst Lange

Book Description
This study provides a stimulating and accessible survey of this many-sided figure. The volume places Goethe in the context of the Germany and Europe of his lifetime. His literary work is covered in individual...



The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems
Henry Adams Bellows (Translator)
0486437108
July 2004
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Book Description
The vibrant Old Norse poems in this 13th-century collection known as the "Lays of the Gods" recapture the ancient oral traditions of the Norsemen. Its images of a mythical world influenced storytellers such as Richard Wagner and J. R. R. Tolkien. These mythological poems include the Voluspo, one of the broadest conceptions of the world's creation and ultimate destruction ever crystallized in literary form; the Hovamol, a compilation of sagacious counsels reminiscent of the biblical book of Proverbs; the Lokasenna, a comedy bursting with vivid characterizations; and the Thrymskvitha, a ballad of enduring loveliness.


Great German Poems of the Romantic Era (Dual-Language)
Stanley Appelbaum
0486284972
May 1995
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Midwest Book Review
Romantic poems from over twenty poets, from Goethe to Nietzsche, are collected in a fine dual-language title translating over a hundred poems by eighteen different poets. These range from 1770 to 1903 and are excellent presentations.

Book Description
Over 130 poems by 23 poets, including Goethe, Schiller, Hölderlin, Tieck, Heine, Mörike, Storm, Nietzsche and many others. Excellent new literal English translations on facing pages, along with an informative introduction and concise evaluations of each poet. Unique opportunity to enjoy a rich sampling from one of the world’s great poetic traditions.


Hyperion and Selected Poems (German Library)
Friedrich Holderlin
0826403344
September 1990
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German


Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God
Rainer Maria Rilke
1594481563
November 2005
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From Library Journal
The German poet Rilke wrote his Book of Hours (Das Stundenbuch) between 1899, when he was 23 years old, and 1903. The poems, sacred and intimate and not intended for the public, "came to him" in a highly inspirational way?he described it as "inner dictation"?following a visit to a monastery in Russia, where he was deeply moved by the practice of praying several times daily following a "book of hours." Barrows and Macy, accomplished poets who were born into the Judeo-Christian tradition but who have also embraced Buddhism, have carefully translated 80 of the 135 poems in the original Stundenbuch, culling some poems they felt to be weaker or less relevant to a late 20th-century reader and artfully reducing other poems to their essentials. Thus, this treasurable collection is a collaboration among three poets (or...


Listen & Enjoy German Poetry (CD Edition)
Dover Publications Inc
0486996727
Jan 2006
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Book Description
Fifty-minute cassette features the great Lotte Lenya reading 42 poems by Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Hölderlin, Brecht, many other poets. Set also includes dual-language book containing complete German text of each poem,excellent literal English translations on facing pages, biographical and critical commentary, more.

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