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A Poet Or Nothing At All


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Chapter 1. Chronology
Chapter 2. Parents, Son and School

Chapter 3. The Tubingen Years: Not Quite "Breaking Away"

  • Bookseller and Privatstudent
  • A Poet Emerges

Chapter 4. Social Life and First Successes

  • "Lulu," the Summer of 1899, and Leaving Tubingen

PART II: BASEL (1899-1903)

Chapter 5. Chronology

Chapter 6. Adjusting to Basel and New Freedom

  • A Basel Cenacle

Chapter 7. Elizabeth

  • Taking a Critical Look at Basel: Das Rathaus

Chapter 8. New Contacts, New Poetry - The Notturni, the Gedichte
The Waldpfarrer and his friends

Chapter 9. The Last Cenacler, Ludwig Finckh
The Notturni and the Gedichte



About the Author

Richard C. Helt is Professor and Head of German, Department of Modern Languages, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ


"... recommended to graduates and faculty" * Choice

"It is an extraordinary tale of dedication in the face of the severest parental disapproval, financial hardship and ill-health. Helt tells it well, drawing extensively on primary sources such as letters, diary entries and the like, and demonstrates the extent to which Hesse subsumed all his efforts to conducting his apprenticeship ... A readable and informative volume, which usefully augments our knowledge of the rigorous years of a major modern writer." * Journal of European Studies

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