By Walter Lowrie
A small, insignificant-looking highbrow with absurdly lengthy legs, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was once a veritable Hans Christian Andersen comic strip of a guy. a wierd mix of witty cosmopolite and depression introvert, he spent years writing less than a sequence of fantastical pseudonyms, lavishing all of the beauty of his tremendous brain on a seldom-appreciative international. He had a sad love affair with a tender woman, used to be ruled by means of an unforgettable previous testomony father, fought a sensational literary duel with a favored satiric journal, and died in the middle of a violent quarrel with the country church for which he had as soon as studied theology. but this iconoclast produced a couple of magnificent books that experience profoundly motivated glossy thought.
during this vintage biography, the prestigious Kierkegaard translator Walter Lowrie provides a captivating and warmly appreciative creation to the existence and paintings of the good Danish author. Lowrie tells the tale of Kierkegaard's emotionally turbulent lifestyles with a prepared feel of drama and an acute knowing of the way his lifestyles formed his suggestion. the result's a perfectly informative and exciting portrait of 1 of crucial thinkers of the previous centuries. This version additionally contains Lowrie's wry essay "How Kierkegaard acquired into English," which tells the inconceivable tale of the way Lowrie turned one among Kierkegaard's central English translators regardless of no longer studying Danish until eventually he used to be in his 60s, in addition to a brand new creation by way of Kierkegaard student Alastair Hannay.
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But he who is happy in the present generation, and is quick in inventiveness when the point is to be satisfied with this, has not many moments free for peerless expectations and is no more inclined to be disturbed by them than he is to grasp at them. And he who thinks that he is unappreciated by his contemporaries uses a wondrous argument in predicting a better generation to come. Even if it is true that he is unappreciated, and even if it is true that he would be recognized in a better age which would praise him, it is nevertheless unjust and a proof of prejudice to say of this later age that it is better because it thinks better of him.
In the main these puzzlers, especially P. A. Heiberg and Frithiof Brandt, have been highly successful. ’s deepest secret, and because of the com mon misapprehension of its significance this clue has not been followed up fruitfully. I must give here a brief account of the contents of this docu ment, though the reader will find each of the six sections translated in full at the head of the appropriate chapters. K. ” Under each heading there stood a poetical motto which characterized that particular period of his life.
Dates are so rare in this Journal that one learns to be on the alert to detect a special significance in even so brief an entry as this. The next entry too is dated (September 10), and it registers the reflection that foresight is really hind-sight, a reflection of the future which is revealed to the eye when it looks back upon the past. K. was at that moment intent upon reviewing his past life with the expectation of catching a glimpse of his future. In fact he made such a review of the first twenty-six years of his life and inscribed it carefully in an undated document which we cannot hesitate to ascribe to this time, inasmuch as it begins with these very lines from Goethe and ends with an expression of doleful impatience with “ the great parenthesis” in the midst of which he then found himself.