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Anglica Germanica Series 2 : Salomon Gessner: His Creative Achievement and Influence - John Hibberd

Anglica Germanica Series 2

Salomon Gessner: His Creative Achievement and Influence


Published: 21st July 2011
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At a time when German was generally despised as a barbaric tongue, Salomon Gessner was hailed in Europe as a poet of universal significance. Yet today he is scarcely known. John Hibberd sets the writer in context, traces the story of his impact, and stresses his significance as a key to the taste of his age. He finds the reasons for Gessner's remarkable success in his appeal to the feeling for nature and natural simplicity nascent in the mid-eighteenth century, and in his ability to be many things to many men by reconciling the main cultural trends of that time - Pre-Romanticism and Neo-Classicism. Originally published in 1976, this was the first book on the subject in English. It went beyond previous books on Gessner in both detail and scope; it called for a greater appreciation of Gessner's historical importance, but also assesed his achievements as a writer, engraver and painter.

List of illustrations
Towards a synthesis
A taste of nature
Charm and invention
Family, business and art
The Gessner cult
German reactions
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ISBN: 9780521157834
ISBN-10: 0521157838
Series: Anglica Germanica Series 2
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 21st July 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.26