Difficult Death: The Life and Work of Jens Peter Jacobsen

byMorten Høi JensenForeword byJames Wood

September 26, 2017|
Difficult Death: The Life and Work of Jens Peter Jacobsen by Morten Høi Jensen
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Beautifully written and incisive, this is the first English biography of a major Scandinavian author who is ripe for rediscovery

While largely unknown today, Danish writer and Darwin translator Jens Peter Jacobsen was the leading prose writer in Scandinavia in the late nineteenth century and part of a generation that included Henrik Ibsen, Knut Hamsun, and August Strindberg. His novels Marie Grubbe and Niels Lyhne as well as his stories and poems were widely admired by writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Mann, and James Joyce.
 
Despite his untimely death from tuberculosis at the age of thirty-eight, Jacobsen became a cult figure to an entire generation and continues to occupy an important place in Scandinavian cultural history. In this book, Morten Høi Jensen gives a moving account of Jacobsen’s life, work, and death: his passionate interest in the natural sciences, his complicated and nuanced attitude to his own atheism, and his painful descent toward an early death. Carefully researched and sympathetically imagined, this is an evocative portrait of one of the most influential and gifted writers of the nineteenth century.
Born in Copenhagen and educated in England and America, Morten Høi Jensen has contributed to numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and the New Republic.
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Title:Difficult Death: The Life and Work of Jens Peter Jacobsen
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:272 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.94 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.94 in
Published:September 26, 2017
Publisher:Yale University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300218930

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