By Walter Lowrie
A small, insignificant-looking highbrow with absurdly lengthy legs, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was once a veritable Hans Christian Andersen cartoon of a guy. a wierd mixture of witty cosmopolite and depression introvert, he spent years writing lower than a chain of fantastical pseudonyms, lavishing the entire attractiveness of his marvelous brain on a seldom-appreciative global. He had a sad love affair with a tender woman, was once ruled via an unforgettable outdated testomony father, fought a sensational literary duel with a favored satiric journal, and died in the middle of a violent quarrel with the nation church for which he had as soon as studied theology. but this iconoclast produced a few outstanding books that experience profoundly motivated smooth thought.
during this vintage biography, the prestigious Kierkegaard translator Walter Lowrie offers a captivating and warmly appreciative advent to the lifestyles 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 notion. the result's a superbly informative and exciting portrait of 1 of crucial thinkers of the earlier centuries. This variation additionally comprises Lowrie's wry essay "How Kierkegaard obtained into English," which tells the unbelievable tale of the way Lowrie turned considered one of Kierkegaard's crucial English translators regardless of now not studying Danish until eventually he used to be in his 60s, in addition to a brand new creation by means of Kierkegaard student Alastair Hannay.
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The Gospel for the seventh Sunday after Trinity] is Mark viii. K. preached at Saeding; but in the next volume of his Journal there are four entries which refer expressly to the passage above cited and outline an impressive sermon on this text. ’s engagement; for we have not yet come to his story; this is his remote background, but it is the immediate back ground of the father as seen through his eyes. About Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard we must now speak. THE FATHER David, when he was still a boy, the youngest of eight brethren, was summoned from the fields where he tended the sheep and was anointed by Samuel to be king over Israel.
Here consciousness must definitely and precisely hedge itself in. K. e. the Gospel for the seventh Sunday after Trinity] is Mark viii. K. preached at Saeding; but in the next volume of his Journal there are four entries which refer expressly to the passage above cited and outline an impressive sermon on this text. ’s engagement; for we have not yet come to his story; this is his remote background, but it is the immediate back ground of the father as seen through his eyes. About Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard we must now speak.
Suppose I were to fall ill and be buried in Saeding cemetery! Uncanny thought. e. in the fact that he had taken his theological examination]—might my whole earthly destiny come to no more than this? Good Lord! My task cannot be so lowly, considering all I owe to him. ” The next entry is: “ Would that I knew what a young girl—” At this one might well be astonished if one did not know that on this pilgrimage he was thinking not only of his deceased father but of his prospective bride, to whom many of his disconsolate entries obscurely refer.
A short life of Kierkegaard by Walter Lowrie