Karl Kraus and the Critics

Karl Kraus and the Critics

Harry Zohn


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Camden House



An analysis of the relationship between the great Viennese writer Karl Kraus and his literary critics.
Karl Kraus (1874-1936) is widely regarded as one of the most talented and influential satirists of the twentieth century. He was an enormously productive writer of poetry, critical essays, and aphorisms, and spent the bulk of his life in Vienna. The key to his work is his love of language, and his disdain for those who abuse it. To him, language was the moral criterion and accreditation for a writer. He set about to provide an imperishable profile of his age from the very perishable materials of newspaper reports. Kraus is famous as editor of the satirical journal Die Fackel (The Torch), and as author of the immense play, Die letzten Tage der Menschheit (The Last Days of Humanity, 1918-19). This is the first attempt to analyze the most significant literary criticism on the works of Karl Kraus, an undertaking that reveals even more about the literary establishment in Vienna than about the great writer.


November 1997
178 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Literary Criticism in Perspective
ISBN: 9781571131812
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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Karl Kraus is the ultimate Viennese Jahrhundertwende personality, and Zohn has brilliantly placed him in the environment of Central Europe and its intellectual battles... The focus is on the confrontations with his enemies. Excellent bibliographical materials in English and German. CHOICE
Zohn's examination of Kraus scholarship succeeds admirably. MONATSHEFTE
Provides many insights that even the Kraus expert will appreciate. GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW
Commanding erudition, considerable critical insight... GERMAN QUARTERLY

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