German Poet--European Thinker--Christian Mystic

Second Edition


136 pp., 6 x 9, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-8810-0
    Published: May 2020

University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature

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Originally published in 1954, Hiebel's Novalis was the first critical evaluation in English of the life and works of Novalis (1772-1801), the German Romantic poet of the Blue Flower, since Thomas Carlyle's essay in 1829.

This book presents not only a fully rounded picture of the man, the philosopher and scientist, the writer of beautiful fairy tales, the mystic poet of Christianity, but also a thoughtful commentary on one of the most influential and fruitful periods in German intellectual life. Hiebel combines the exactness required of the scholar with the creative writer's intuitive appreciation of a great poet's works.