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Notes for a Romantic Encyclopaedia

Das Allgemeine Brouillon

Novalis,, David W. Wood

Publication Year: 2007

Novalis is best known in history as the poet of early German Romanticism. However, this translation of Das Allgemeine Brouillon, or “Universal Notebook,” finally introduces him to the English-speaking world as an extraordinarily gifted philosopher in his own right and shatters the myth of him as a mere daydreaming and irrational poet. Composed of more than 1,100 notebook entries, this is easily Novalis’s largest theoretical work and certainly one of the most remarkable and audacious undertakings of the “Golden Age” of German philosophy. In it, Novalis reflects on numerous aspects of human culture, including philosophy, poetry, the natural sciences, the fine arts, mathematics, mineralogy, history, and religion, and brings them all together into what he calls a “Romantic Encyclopaedia” or “Scientific Bible.” Novalis’s Romantic Encyclopaedia fully embodies the author’s own personal brand of philosophy, “Magical Idealism.” With meditations on mankind and nature, the possible future development of our faculties of reason, imagination, and the senses, and the unification of the different sciences, these notes contain a veritable treasure trove of richly poetic and philosophic thoughts.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Notes for a Romantic Encyclopaedia

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pp. iii-iv


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

Like the original manuscript of Novalis's Encyclopaedia, which for many years traveled the world in the hands of private collectors (and was therefore "lost to scholarship"), this translation has likewise gone on its own scattered wanderings in the last seven years. From the sun-scorched Australian outback to the small German university town of Erlangen, from the vibrant metropolis of modern ...

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pp. ix-xxx

Friedrich von Hardenberg, or Novalis as he later chose to call himself in print, still remains a rather obscure figure in the English-speaking world. If known at all, it is mostly as the German Romantic poet of the blue flower, whose fianceee, Sophie, died young--and like Petrarch for Laura and Dante for Beatrice before him, penned sublime lyrical words to immortalize his beloved.1Or perhaps one ...

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Text by Novalis: Notes for a Romantic Encyclopaedia(Das Allgemeine Brouillion)

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pp. 1-190

1.large fleshy bodies of seals. Fish.> 2. 3. ART OF POETRY. Epithets of the Greek poets--thoroughly picturesque significance --E.g. In Juno, the eyes set the tone and so on. Theory of ideal proportions. 4. MEDICINE. Proportions of an illness--elementary proportions.--In one illness, the stomach sets the tone, in another, the lungs and so on.

Appendix: Extracts from the Freiberg Natural Scientific Studies (1798/99)

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pp. 191-222

Notes to Introduction

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pp. 223-231

Notes to Text by Novalis

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pp. 231-264

Notes to Appendix

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pp. 265-268

Select Bibliography

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pp. 269-274


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pp. 275-290

E-ISBN-13: 9780791480700
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791469736
Print-ISBN-10: 0791469735

Page Count: 290
Publication Year: 2007