By Robert Ellis

ISBN-10: 1611476356

ISBN-13: 9781611476354

ISBN-10: 1683930681

ISBN-13: 9781683930686

During the years of Weimar and the 3rd Reich, Toller was once one of many extra energetic of the "other Germany's" left-wing intellectuals. a pace-setter of the Bavarian Soviet of 1919, he had furthermore gained the Kleist prize and used to be famous as certainly one of Germany's most sensible playwrights. certainly, through the years of the Weimar Republic, the recognition of his works used to be unquestioned. His first play, Die Wandlung, was once quickly offered out and required a moment version; his dramatic works and poems have been translated into twenty-seven languages. through the 1920’s it was once acknowledged that he "dominated the German and Russian theatre" and that he used to be the "most remarkable character in glossy German literature." It used to be universal for contemporaries to categorise him as one of many ultimate German writers of the Weimar period. throughout the Nineteen Thirties, as an exile, he popularized to international audiences the belief of “the different Germany” and turned a number one spokesman opposed to Hitler.

However, it's Toller the social critic instead of Toller the dramatist with which thisbook is worried, his principles, his visions for Germany and Europe as transmitted in his works of fiction and prose. The ebook displays at the accountability an intellectual-critic has whilst writing a couple of democratic society (the Weimar Republic) that's unsuccessfully balancing among survival and annihilation. Toller used to be moreover a Jewish highbrow. How did his non secular traditions form his perspectives? He was once additionally German and this increases an entire host of in particular Germanic styles of taking a look at the area. He used to be additionally a left-wing highbrow and Toller is decided within the broader context of left-wing intellectuals in Weimar and the Nazi period. A comparable mirrored image is to invite: so what? What distinction did it make? How a lot of a power do intellectuals have within the improvement of society? what's the courting among intellectuals and their readers in a bothered society?

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