A Study in Nineteenth-Century Life Writing
Henry Crabb Robinson (1775-1867) spent five years in Germany (1800-1805) and became deeply informed about its Romantic literature and philosophy, then at its height in that country. In the course of his enthusiastic embrace of the German language and culture, Robinson built up an intellectual and literary capital that he would draw on for the rest of his long life. The main thrust of this critical and biographical study is to demonstrate that Robinson is an important nineteenth-century life writer, and that his autobiographical writings, a large portion of which are still in manuscript, deserve to be taken seriously by students and scholars of autobiography, and to be published in a new edition. Since to date no one has focused on Robinson the life writer, this study of Robinson's German years draws on his published letters, diaries, and reminiscences as well as some manuscript material.
About the author:
Eugene Stelzig is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo, where he has taught since 1972 and where he also served as Chair of the English Department (1997-2001). He was born in Austria and educated there and in France before coming to the U.S. in 1961. He holds degrees in English from the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University (King's College), and Harvard University (PhD 1972). In addition to nearly forty articles on romantic and modern literature and autobiography, he has published books on Wordsworth (1975), Hermann Hesse (1988), and Rousseau and Goethe (2000), and has edited a collection of articles on Romantic Autobiography in England (2009). He has also published poetry (including Fool's Gold: Selected Poems of a Decade, 2008) and translations of German poetry as well as several autobiographical essays.
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