Salomon Gessner: His Creative Achievement and Influence by John HibberdSalomon Gessner: His Creative Achievement and Influence by John Hibberd

Salomon Gessner: His Creative Achievement and Influence

byJohn Hibberd

Paperback | July 21, 2011

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At a time when German was generally despised as a barbaric tongue, Salomon Gessner was hailed in Europe as a poet of universal significance. Yet today he is scarcely known. John Hibberd sets the writer in context, traces the story of his impact, and stresses his significance as a key to the taste of his age. He finds the reasons for Gessner's remarkable success in his appeal to the feeling for nature and natural simplicity nascent in the mid-eighteenth century, and in his ability to be many things to many men by reconciling the main cultural trends of that time - Pre-Romanticism and Neo-Classicism. Originally published in 1976, this was the first book on the subject in English. It went beyond previous books on Gessner in both detail and scope; it called for a greater appreciation of Gessner's historical importance, but also assesed his achievements as a writer, engraver and painter.
Title:Salomon Gessner: His Creative Achievement and InfluenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:202 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.47 inPublished:July 21, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521157838

ISBN - 13:9780521157834

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Towards a synthesis; 2. A taste of nature; 3. Sentiment; 4. Charm and invention; 5. Family, business and art; 6. The Gessner cult; 7. German reactions; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.