The Dear Purchase: A Theme in German Modernism by J. P. SternThe Dear Purchase: A Theme in German Modernism by J. P. Stern

The Dear Purchase: A Theme in German Modernism

byJ. P. SternForeword byNicholas Boyle

Paperback | March 9, 2006

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Completed shortly before Professor Stern's death in 1991, this book studies works by twelve major writers of German modernism, including Thomas Mann, Musil, Brecht and Rilke, in relation to the history of the twentieth century. It explores the theme of the "dear purchase," an ideal of moral strenuousness and sacrifice seen as characteristic of Germany after Nietzsche, and reveals the underlying flaw in this notion as a self-justifying value. Finally, it juxtaposes Mann's Felix Krull and Kafka's story "Josephine" as a deliverance from the value-system of the title.
Title:The Dear Purchase: A Theme in German ModernismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:468 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 1.02 inPublished:March 9, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521024404

ISBN - 13:9780521024402


Table of Contents

Foreword by Nicholas Boyle; Editor's preface; Introduction; 1. The theme; 2. Reality; 3. Relativity; 4. The Great War; 5. The purchase of poetry; 6. Rendering account; 7. A deliverance of sorts; 8. Postscript: the divided self; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"This book has historical value, documenting a critical as well as loving reception of twentieth-century German literature by one who was deeply affected by the upheavals of this century caused by Germans. It engages the reader when Stern, though basically conservative, transcends so many shopworn conventions. The reader is enriched by it, even when he or she disagrees." Herbert Lehnert, Journal of English and Germanic Philology