By Morten Høi Jensen,James Wood

Beautifully written and incisive, this can be the 1st English biography of a tremendous Scandinavian writer who's ripe for rediscovery

whereas mostly unknown this present day, Danish author and Darwin translator Jens Peter Jacobsen used to be the top prose author in Scandinavia within the overdue 19th century and a part of a new release that incorporated Henrik Ibsen, Knut Hamsun, and August Strindberg. His novels Marie Grubbe and Niels Lyhne in addition to his tales and poems have been broadly well-liked through writers equivalent to Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Mann, and James Joyce.
regardless of his premature dying from tuberculosis on the age of thirty-eight, Jacobsen grew to become a cult determine to a complete iteration and maintains to occupy an incredible position in Scandinavian cultural background. during this publication, Morten Høi Jensen supplies a relocating account of Jacobsen’s lifestyles, paintings, and loss of life: his passionate curiosity within the typical sciences, his complex and nuanced perspective to his personal atheism, and his painful descent towards an early dying. rigorously researched and sympathetically imagined, this can be an evocative portrait of 1 of the main influential and proficient writers of the 19th century.

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