Lessing's Theological Writings Selections in Translation

ISBN-10: 0804703353

ISBN-13: 9780804703352

Edition: 1957 (Reprint)

Authors: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Henry Chadwick

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 1957
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 6/1/1957
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Lessing, one of the outstanding literary critics of all time, was "the first figure of European stature in modern German literature." The son of a Protestant pastor, he was educated in Meissen and at Leipzig University, then went to Berlin as a journalist in 1749. While employed as secretary to General Tauentzien (1760--65), he devoted his leisure to classical studies. This led to his critical essay Laocoon (1776), in which he attempted to clarify certain laws of aesthetic perception by comparing poetry and the visual arts. He fought always for truth and combined a penetrating intellect with shrewd common sense. He furthered the German theater through his weekly dramatic notes and theories, found mainly in the Hamburg Dramaturgy (1769), which he wrote during his connection with the Hamburg National Theater as critic and dramatist (1768--69). His plays include Miss Sara Sampson (1755), important as the first German prose tragedy of middle-class life; Minna von Barnhelm (1767), his finest comedy and the best of the era; and his noble plea for religious tolerance, Nathan the Wise (1779).

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