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The Marquise of O- (Die Marquise von O-) 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Heinrich Von Kleist (1777 - 1811)

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Hesperus Press March 16th, 2007 08:52 AM PST

Imbued with subtle comic moments and lashed by the passionate outbursts of anger and love experienced by characters caught in a bizarre and unpredictable chain of events, 'The Marquise of O-' is a truly Kleistian twist on the long tradition of sexual drama. Published by Hesperus Press alongside the short works 'The Earthquake in Chile' and 'The Foundling', the collected volume is a perfect all-round introduction to von Kleist, with these other works demonstrating the darker and more uncompromising elements of his art.


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German writer and poet Heinrich von Kleist was one of the most passionate and brutal of the Romantic writers, and one of the first to attack Enlightenment rationalism. His short stories and plays, widely criticised during his lifetime, dealt with the turmoil and conflict of human existence, and the full influence of his achievement can be seen in writers and thinkers such as Kafka, Kierkegaard and Thomas Mann.

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