The Marquise of O and Other Stories by Heinrich Von Kleist
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...give these stories their hauntin quality. Possibly because they contain a real ghost- a terror hidden in all minds? Or perhaps a different one for different readers.
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The late stories by an influential writer of singular talent

Between 1799, when he left the Prussian Army, and his suicide in 1811, Kleist developed into a writer of unprecedented and tragically isolated genius. This collection of works from the last period of his life also includes 'The Earthquake in Chile,' 'Michael Kohlhaas,' 'The Beggarwoman of Locarno,' 'St. Cecilia or The Power of Music,' 'The Betrothal in Santo Domingo,' 'The Foundling,' and 'The Duel.'

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About Heinrich Von Kleist

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Heinrich von Kleist, born in 1777, came of an old Prussian military family, but disliked military life and resigned his commission in 1799 to devote himself to studious pursuits. He turned to creative writing in 1801, and during the next ten years created some of the most remarkable plays in German literature. Kleist had an unstable and almost schizophrenic personality and his works relect his passionately uncompromising nature and his periodic fits of wild enthusiasm and morose melancholia. He committed suicide in 1811. David Luke is an Emeritus Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford, where he was Tutor in German until 1988. He has published articles and essays on German literature. His translation of Faust Part One was awarded the European Poetry Translation Prize in 1989. Nigel Reeves was Alexander von Humbolt Fellow at the University of Tubingen and from 1975 to 1990 was Professor of German at the University of Surrey. He is currently Professor of German at Aston University.
 
Published November 25, 2004 by Penguin. 322 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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...give these stories their hauntin quality. Possibly because they contain a real ghost- a terror hidden in all minds? Or perhaps a different one for different readers.

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