Whole Difference by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
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Whole Difference
By Hugo von Hofmannsthal

The Whole Difference

Selected Writings of Hugo Von Hofmannsthal

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Edited by J. D. McClatchy See other recent books by J. D. McClatchy
Format: Hardback

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Whole Difference by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

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Hugo von Hofmannsthal is one of the modern era's most important writers, but his fame as Richard Strauss's pioneering collaborator on such operas as Der Rosenkavalier and Die Frau ohne Schatten has obscured his other remarkable writings: his precocious lyric poetry, inventive short fiction, keen essays, and visionary plays. The Whole Difference, which includes new translations as well as classic ones long out of print, is a fresh introduction to the enormous range of this extraordinary artist, and the most comprehensive collection of Hofmannsthal's writings in English. Selected and edited by the poet and librettist J. D. McClatchy, this collection includes early lyric poems; short prose works, including "The Tale of Night Six Hundred and Seventy-Two," "A Tale of the Cavalry," and the famous "Letter of Lord Chandos"; two full-length plays, The Difficult Man and The Tower; as well as the first act of The Cavalier of the Rose. From the glittering salons of imperial Vienna to the bloodied ruins of Europe after the Great War, the landscape of Hofmannsthal's world stretches across the extremes of experience. This collection reflects those extremes, including both the sparkling social comedy of "the difficult man" Hans Karl, so sensitive that he cannot choose between the two women he loves, and the haunting fictional letter to Francis Bacon in which Lord Chandos explains why he can no longer write. Complete with an introduction by McClatchy, this collection reveals an artist whose unusual subtlety and depth will enthrall readers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691129099
ISBN-10: 0691129096
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 41mm)
Pages: 520
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Lord Chandos Letter by Hugo von Hofmannsthal Lord Chandos Letter, Paperback (February 2007)

In Hugo von Hofmannsthal's celebrated autobiographical novella a young nobleman reveals to his patron Sir Francis Bacon his particularly modern crisis of spirit.

Selected Tales by Hugo von Hofmannsthal Selected Tales, Paperback (October 2006)

Haunting early Modernist short fiction from Vienna. The restless, alienated spirit of turn-of-the-century Vienna is brilliantly caught in these seven tales - hitherto not readily available together in English translation - by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, one of the major writers of the period and Richard Strauss's librettist.

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Author Biography - Hugo von Hofmannsthal

J. D. McClatchy is a poet, critic, and librettist. His most recent collection of poems, "Hazmat" (Knopf), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches English at Yale University, where he also edits "The Yale Review".

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