Kierkegaard's Writings, XIII, Volume 13

Kierkegaard's Writings, XIII, Volume 13 : The Corsair Affair and Articles Related to the Writings

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The Corsair affair has been called the "most renowned controversy in Danish literary history." At the center is Soren Kierkegaard, whose pseudonymous Stages on Life's Way occasioned a frivolous and dishonorable review by Peder Ludvig Moller. Moller was associated with The Corsair, a publication notorious for gossip and caricature. The editor was Meir Goldschmidt, an acquaintance of Kierkegaard's and an admirer of his early work. Kierkegaard struck back at not only Moller and Goldschmidt but at the paper as a whole. The present volume contains all of the documents relevant to this dispute, plus a historical introduction that recapitulates the sequence of events surrounding the controversy. Parts I (Article) and II (Addenda) contain articles both signed by and attributed to Kierkegaard in response to the affair. A supplement includes writings pertaining to the Corsair affair by Goldschmidt and Moller, as well as unpublished pieces by Kierkegaard from his journals and papers. Although the immediate occasion was literary, for Kierkegaard the issues as well as the consequences were ethical, social, philosophical, and religious.
Howard Hong argues that the most important consequence was wholly unexpected and unintended: the second phase of Kierkegaard's authorship.
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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 24.13mm | 397g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 0691140758
  • 9780691140759
  • 1,269,007

Table of contents

*Frontmatter, pg. i*Contents, pg. v*Historical Introduction, pg. vii*Chronology, pg. xxxix*Public Confession, pg. 3*Who is The Author of Either/Or, pg. 13*A Word of Thanks to Professor Heiberg, pg. 17*A Little Explanation, pg. 22*An Explanation and a Little More, pg. 24*A Cursory Observation Concerning a Detail in Don Giovanni, pg. 28*The Activity of a Traveling Esthetician and How He Still Happened to Pay for The Dinner, pg. 38*The Dialectical Result of a Literary Police Action, pg. 47*An Open Letter, pg. 51*A Letter, pg. 63*Another Letter, pg. 66*[A Letter], pg. 69*Literary Quicksilver, pg. 73*Key to References, pg. 87*P. L. Moller, M. Goldschmidt, The Corsair, and Related Publications, 1841-1848, pg. 91*Selected Entries from Kierkegaard's Journals and Papers Pertaining to Articles, the Corsair Affair, and "An Open Letter", pg. 153*Acknowledgments, pg. 265*Collation of Articles in the Danish Editions of Kierkegaard's Collected Works, pg. 269*Notes, pg. 271*Bibliographical Note, pg. 309*Index, pg. 311*Advisory Board, pg. 325
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"These new translations are excellent."--Choice "The definitive edition of the Writings. The first volume ... indicates the scholarly value of the entire series: an introduction setting the work in the context of Kierkegaard's development; a remarkably clear translation; and concluding sections of intelligent notes."--Library Journal
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About Soren Kierkegaard

Howard V. Hong, the former Director of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, is the General Editor of Kierkegaard's Writings. Edna H. Hong (1913-2007) was a poet, writer, and translator who has collaborated with Professor Hong on other English translations of Kierkegaard's work.
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