Martin Geck: Matthias Claudius. Siedler Verlag (Hardcover, 18th century, c 1700 to c 1799, 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899)

Matthias Claudius

Biography of a time misfit

Original Title: Matthias Claudius

Hardcover with jacket, 320 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-88680-986-8
€ 24.99 [D] | € 25.70 [A] | CHF 34.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Siedler

Date of publication: September 29, 2014
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Martin  Geck - Matthias Claudius


More than just the evening song – why the life and work of Matthias Claudius are more modern than ever

In an age in which mind and reason counted most, he appealed to heart and emotions and always wrote with an apparently childlike naivety. But the poet and journalist Matthias Claudius is in danger of being forgotten. Yet it is worth discovering anew Claudius and his world, as bestselling author Martin Geck has impressively shown us in this important biography. For the contradictory currents of the era between Romanticism and Enlightenment are reflected in Matthias Claudius: he was both a loyal subject and fighter against royal despotism; he was at the same time a devout Christian and Free Mason; he appeared to be unable to cope with life and yet was one of the most influential and most widely read writers of the 18th century. In his biography, Martin Geck points to how much wisdom and how much criticism of his age can be found in the writings, so often regarded as naïve, of this man. He also shows why it is worth discovering again this poet and his works. This is a portrait of someone who has fallen out of his time and his age.


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