Anton Reiser

Anton Reiser

A Psychological Novel

Karl Philipp Moritz

Translated by John R. Russell


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Camden House



Translation of 18th-century German novel of rare importance.
Well-received in its own day, but all but forgotten in the nineteenth century, Anton Reiser (1785) has now finally regained the popular attention it so richly merits. Called a 'biography' by its author, it is in fact autobiographical, though it is also a searching psychological and religious discourse. Through a thirty-year-old's depiction of how his first twenty years were misdirected, it shows Moritz's spiritual journey, describing his struggle to move beyond the narrow Pietistic world of his youth. This lively but careful translation reinforces his standing as one of the most fascinating minds of the European Enlightenment.


August 1996
1 black and white illustrations
304 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571130464
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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"This is a lively and careful translation of a work of rare importance. Moritz's Anton Reiser is autobiographical fiction as well as searching psychological and religious discourse. As such it is an essential concern for our understanding of the European intellectual constellations of the late eighteenth century. The translation from a concentrated German idiom to a readable modern text is entirely successful: it reinforces Moritz's standing as one of the most fascinating minds of the European " Victor Lange, Princeton University 'Successfully reproduces the poise of Moritz's prose writing, while losing nothing of the realism.' YEAR'S WORK IN MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES

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