Cover

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pp. i-i

Title page copyright page

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pp. ii-v

Contents

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pp. vi-vi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-34

Between April and July 1797, the twenty-five-year-old Saxon aristocrat and former apprentice law clerk Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg (1772–1801) kept a journal that captured the moods, thoughts, and observations that followed the deaths of his fifteen-yearold fiancée, Sophie von Kühn (1782–1797), and his dearly loved younger brother, Erasmus (1774–1797). This journal, which consists...

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Selected Letters and Documents 1792–1797

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pp. 35-78

The following narrative of selected letters and letter excerpts is extracted from the years 1792 to 1797. This covers a period that begins with Friedrich von Hardenberg’s years as a university student in Jena and Leipzig through his graduation from Wittenberg with a degree in law and into the period of legal apprenticeship with August Cölestin Just in Tennstedt where Hardenberg met Sophie von Kühn

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Journal April 18–July 6, 1797

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pp. 79-97

Early in the day, sensual stirrings. Many thoughts about her and about me. Philosophy rather bright and easy. The end thought stood rather firm—feelings of weakness—but [at the same time] extension and progression. Moritz.2 At the table and afterward, rather bright and talkative. Just played the song: Sing o! Song and zither accompaniment....

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Autobiographical and Biographical Testimonies

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pp. 99-136

.... . . I now come to the end of your letter, where you urge me to make public some details of my personal circumstances. Your amiable goodness of spirit encourages me to let you know something of the story of my last years. May your friendly interest in my personality allow you to receive this as evidence of my complete trust, and it would please me...

Timeline of Events

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pp. 137-140

Notes

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pp. 141-151

Select Bibliography, and back cover

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pp. 157-161

Index

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pp. 164-168