By Joakim Garff

ISBN-10: 0691171769

ISBN-13: 9780691171760

The first biography of Kierkegaard's literary muse and one-time fiancée, from the writer of the definitive biography of the philosopher

Kierkegaard's Muse, the 1st biography of Regine Olsen (1822–1904), the literary proposal and one-time fiancée of Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard, is a relocating portrait of a protracted romantic fever that had momentous literary outcomes. Drawing on a couple of hundred formerly unknown letters by means of Regine that acclaimed Kierkegaard biographer Joakim Garff came across unintentionally, the e-book tells the tale of Kierkegaard and Regine's mysterious dating extra totally and vividly than ever prior to, laying off new mild on her impression on his existence and writings.

Like Dante's Beatrice, Regine is among the nice muses of literary historical past. Kierkegaard proposed to her in 1840, yet broke off the engagement a 12 months later. After their holiday, they observed one another strikingly usually, within dimly lit church buildings, at the streets of Copenhagen, and at the paths alongside the previous urban ramparts, passing by way of with no uttering a word.

Despite or as a result of their separation in existence, Kierkegaard made Regine his literary existence better half, "that unmarried person" to whom he devoted all his works. Garff indicates how Regine grew to become a poetic presence within the widespread erotic conflicts chanced on all through Kierkegaard's writings, from the well-known "Seducer's Diary" account in their dating to diary entries made presently sooner than his loss of life in 1855. In flip, Regine remained preoccupied with Kierkegaard until eventually her personal demise nearly fifty years later, and her newly chanced on letters, written to her sister Cornelia, show for the 1st time a lady of flesh and blood.

A psychologically acute narrative that's as gripping as a singular, Kierkegaard's Muse is an unforgettable account of a wild, unusual, and poignant romance that made an indelible mark on literary history.

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