The Honest Man at Court (1740)

The Honest Man at Court (1740)

Johann Michael von Loen

Translated by John R. Russell

First English translation of a small masterpiece of the German Enlightenment.
This interesting but neglected eighteenth-century novel, by von Loën — a successful merchant and a great-uncle of Goethe — comes at the end of the tradition in which members of upper-class society narrate their life-stories; the author uses the device to show the education of a prince to bring about a paragon of nobility. As a whole, it provides a revealing mirror of the attitudes of the German enlightenment. First English translation.
JOHN RUSSELL is Professor Emeritus of German at SUNY Stony Brook.

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