Ludwig Börne

August 2006
179 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571133427
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Camden House
BISAC LIT004170, BIO010000

Ludwig Börne

A Memorial

Heinrich Heine

Translated by Jeffrey L. Sammons

Introduction by Jeffrey L. Sammons

First English translation of Heine's controversial though masterful polemic, with introduction and commentary.
In 1840, Heinrich Heine, the major German poet of Jewish origin of the age, published a book on Ludwig Börne, the major German political writer of Jewish origin of the period, who had died three years before. Regarded by Heine and others as his best-written book, it was also his most disastrously conceived. Intended to recover the high ground of revolutionary principle and philosophy against the attacks mounted on him by Börne and his supporters, the book was instead met by a storm of outrage from which it seemed Heine's reputation might never recover. In the course of time, the evaluation was reversed; Heine was increasingly celebrated as a true herald of revolution. His vocabulary of Hellenism and Nazarenism, employed for the first time in Börne, was transmitted into English usage by Matthew Arnold. But Börne itself is Heine's only major work that has never been fully translated into English. The commentary to the edition clarifies the conflict between the two most prominent German-Jewish public intellectuals of their time, corrects the misapprehensions constantly in circulation about their relationship and the book, and reveals the many peculiarities of the text.

Jeffrey L. Sammons is Leavenworth Professor of German Emeritus at Yale University and the author of four books on Heine.

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Table of Contents

Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Book V
Selected Bibliography


[A]n excellent, scrupulously annotated, complete (for the first time) translation of Ludwig Börne.... Heine declares that prose writers who aren't at the same time poets will lack rhythm and grace. And Börne, he stresses, was no poet.
... [The book] is widely considered to be his best-written work.... Ludwig Börne is an interesting work.... [I]t has served as a template in German literary feuding. TLS

[...] This excellent book can be recommended to students not only of literature but also of history, and the feuds around Heine may invite comparison with Marx's exile polemics and with the difficult relations between Thomas Mann and his fellow exiles. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW

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