Theodore Ziolkowski

Theodore Ziolkowski’s Hesitant Heroes: Private Inhibition, Cultural Crisis and Clio: The Romantic Muse have both appeared this year. He is professor emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton.

Breathing in Verse: a rich translation of Hölderlin

Theodore Ziolkowski, 23 September 2004

Friedrich Hölderlin was rescued from oblivion by a young German scholar called Norbert von Hellingrath, who wrote a dissertation on Hölderlin’s translations of Pindar and began the first historical-critical edition of his works. In 1915, a year before he died at Verdun, Hellingrath delivered a lecture describing Hölderlin as ‘the most German of Germans’, whose...

Most of us, it seems, tend to think of the ‘hero’ as someone who never hesitates. As soon as he has made up his mind, he acts. But in Hesitant Heroes Theodore Ziolkowski identifies...

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