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Secret Germany : Stefan George and his circle

Author: Robert Edward Norton
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Stefan George (1868-1933) was one of the most important and influential poets to have written in German. His work, in its originality and impact, easily ranks with that of Goethe, Holderlin, or Rilke. Yet George's reach extended far beyond the sphere of literature. Particularly during his last three decades, George gathered around himself a group of men who subscribed to his homoerotic and idiosyncratic vision of
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Genre/Form: Biographie (Descripteur de forme)
Biography
Named Person: Stefan George; Stefan George; Stefan George; Stefan Anton George; Stefan George
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Edward Norton
ISBN: 0801433541 9780801433542
OCLC Number: 48550988
Description: xvii, 847 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: I. POET: 1868-1899 --
I. Beginnings 3 --
2. School I5 --
3. First Travels 32 --
4. Paris 43 --
5. Berlin 57 --
6. Hymns 68 --
7. Pilgrimages 85 --
8. A Child in Pale Blue Clothes 95 --
9. Algabal the Decadent o8 --
10. PagesforArt 122 --
11. Forging Alliances 134 --
12. Becoming German 44 --
13. A Group Is Formed 149 --
14. Schwabing 164 --
15. A Usable Past 176 --
i6. The ear of the Soul 189 --
17. Going Public 211 --
18. The Tapestry of Life 222 --
Illustrations 241 --
II. PEDAGOGUE: 1900-1908 --
I9. The Disciple 265 --
20. The Anthologies 278 --
21. The Cosmic Circle 292 --
22. Boys: Good, Bad, and Divine 311 --
23. Maximin 335 --
24. The Seventh Ring 351 --
Illustrations 373 --
III. POLITICIAN: I909-1918 --
25. Admission to the Order 395 --
26. The Fiihrer and His Reich 405 --
27. The Globe Room 417 --
28. Secret Germany 428 --
29. After the Yearbook 443 --
30. Heidelberg 457 --
3I. The Star of the Covenant 472 --
32. Legends of Summer 502 --
33. The War and Secret Germany 513 --
34. Surviving 529 --
Illustrations 555 --
IV. PROPHET: I919-1933 --
35. Revolution I 57 --
36. Treason 594 --
37. Regrouping 68 --
38. Revival 630 --
39. The Time of Tents 641 --
40. Stupor Mundi 660 --
4I. The New Reich 675 --
42. Fame 687 --
43. Apotheosis 698 --
44. Revolution II 713 --
45. Epilogue 743 --
Abbreviations 747 --
Notes 753 --
Selected Bibliography 85 --
Acknowledgments 821 --
Index 825.
Responsibility: Robert E. Norton.
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"Stefan George (1868-1933) was one of the most important and influential poets to have written in German. His work, in its originality and impact, easily ranks with that of Goethe, Holderlin, or Rilke. Yet George's reach extended far beyond the sphere of literature. Particularly during his last three decades, George gathered around himself a group of men who subscribed to his homoerotic and idiosyncratic vision of life and sought to transform that vision into reality.".

"George considered his circle to be the embodiment and defender of the "real" but "secret" Germany, opposed to the false values of contemporary bourgeois society. Some of his disciples, friends, and admirers were themselves historians, philosophers, and poets. Their works profoundly affected the intellectual and cultural attitudes of Germany's elite during the critical postwar years of the Weimar Republic.".

"Essentially conservative in temperament and outlook, George and his circle occupy a central but problematic place in the rise of proto-fascism in Germany. Their own surrogate state offered a miniature model of a future German state: enthusiastic followers submitting themselves without question to the figure and will of a charismatic leader believed to be in possession of mysterious, even quasi-divine, powers." "When he died several months after the Nazi takeover, George was one of the most famous and revered figures in Germany. Today the importance of George and his circle has largely been forgotten. In this, the first full biography of George to appear in any language, Robert E. Norton traces the poet's life and rise to fame."--BOOK JACKET.

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