Life of a Good-for-Nothing by Joseph Von Eichendorff
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Despaired of by his father and impatient with his lot, a young man hears the enticing call of life on the road. Leaving his home and all that he knows, he embarks on a journey in search of adventure and glory. One day enjoying fortune and plenty, the next at the mercy of villains and rogues, his is a life of chance and wonder that, despite its strange twists and turns, ultimately leads him to his heart’s desire. Primarily a lyrical poet, Joseph von Eichendorff is a key figure in Germany’s literary heritage.

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Born in Silesia, Eichendorff studied in Breslau, Halle, Heidelberg, and Vienna. A devout Roman Catholic, he expresses a serene attitude toward life in all his writings. His poems are beautifully balanced lyrics that embody the romantic and transcendental fashions of his time. Among his novellas, Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing (1821) is especially delightful in its lightheartedspontaneity. Francesco Petrarca was an Italian scholar, poet, and early humanist. J. G. Nichols is a poet, literary critic, and translator.
Published July 1, 2002 by Hesperus Press. 120 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Unflappable Epicureanism suffuses this 1826 novella by a German Romantic writer (1788–1857) best known for his lyrical lieder.

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