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März Wann wurde der Brief geschrieben? Wer war Hugo von Hofmannsthal? Wer war Francis Bacon? Was beinhaltet der Brief? Wie wird die. by Aaron Steiner. “The Letter of Lord Chandos” is a fictional letter written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The work was published under the title “Ein Brief” (“A. Long recognized as one of the defining texts of literary Modernism, Hofmannsthal’s “Ein Brief” (“The Letter of Lord Chandos”) remains a very.

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He states that he experienced a heightened consciousness in regular conversation: In these moments an insignificant creature-a dog, a rat, a beetle, a crippled apple tree, a lane winding over the hill, a moss-covered stone, mean more to me than the most beautiful, abandoned mistress of the happiest night.

I saw their wonderful interplay rise before me like magnificent fountains upon which played golden balls. I know not whether to admire more the urgency of your benevolence or the unbelievable sharpness of your memory, when you recall to me the various little projects I entertained during those days of rare enthusiasm which we shared together. An introduction to a recent anthology of essays on Hofmannsthal is exemplary of this perspective: This failure of language has robbed him of self-confidence and creativity.

Is it the end of a correspondence, as it promises to be, or the beginning of another type of relation? As soon, however, as this strange enchantment falls from me, I find myself confused; wherein this harmony transcending me and the entire world consisted, and how it made itself known to me, I could present in sensible words as little as I could say anything precise about the inner movements of my intestines or a congestion of my blood What made me turn silently away from this place?

And in my mind I compare myself from time to time with the orator Crassus, of whom it is reported that he grew so excessively enamoured of a tame lamprey-a dumb, apathetic, red-eyed fish in his ornamental pond-that it became the talk of the town; and when one day in the Senate Domitius reproached him for having shed tears over the death of this fish, attempting thereby to make him appear a fool, Crassus answered, “Thus have I done over the death of my fish as you have over the death of neither your first nor your second wife.


A reading inspired by Chandos could go much farther. Regarded by critics as one of the first primary texts of the modern era, prominent German literary critic Walter Jens has called the work the first text of the German literary revolution of the early 20th century.

It shows how writing might already be social and a powerful form of acting. None of them, standing with doffed cap before the door of his house while I ride by of an evening, will have any idea that my glance, which he is wont respectfully to catch, glides with longing over the rickety boards under which he searches for earthworms for fishing-bait; that it plunges through the latticed window into the stuffy chamber where, in cbandos corner, the low bed with its chequered linen seems forever to be waiting for someone to die or another to be born; that my eye lingers long upon the ugly puppies or upon a cat stealing stealthily among the flower-pots; and that it seeks among all the poor and clumsy objects of a peasant’s life for the one whose insignificant form, whose unnoticed being, whose mute existence, can become the source of that mysterious, wordless, and boundless hofmannssthal.

The Letter of Lord Chandos

Next, he ohfmannsthal the function to make everyday conversation regarding opinions or judgments. That this work is fiction is reinforced by the fact that Hofmannsthal had a literary career past the publishing of The Lord Chandos Letterwhereas Lord Chandos promises never to compose again.


University of Chicago Press,34— All subsequent references will be made in the body of the text.

And could I, if otherwise I am still the same person, have lost from my inner inscrutable self all traces and scars of this creation of my most intensive thinking-lost them so completely uofmannsthal in your letter now lying before me the title of my short treatise stares at me strange and cold? I felt everything within me: But he also writes that these moments are confusing and do no good to help his language crisis: Chandos may have given up his apophtheg- matic project, but it still serves as an initiation into a new form of chndos that he seems to enjoy writing about.

The Letter of Lord Chandos – Modernism Lab

His sketch closes, like a fable, with this apho- ristic statement: Gallimard, Chandos may no longer have faith in a certain kind of linguistic magic, but he still imagines another language with similar powers. Towards evening I had gone off for a ride and, as you can imagine, thought no more about it. In the letter, Lord Chandos claims that he is experiencing a crisis brrief language that has rendered him unable to write as he has written in the past. Joel Rotenberg New York: He describes these instances as the highlight of his existence one example is a detailed, sensory description of the death of cellar rats.

Austin, Philosophical Papers Oxford: Retrieved from ” https: Letters message Austrian literature. But like the epiphanies they are soon lost in his inability to write. Now and then at night the image of this Crassus is in my brain, like a splinter round bridf everything festers, throbs, and boils.

New York Review of Books, translation modified.