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A Short Life of Kierkegaard

Walter Lowrie


A small, insignificant-looking intellectual with absurdly long legs, Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) was a veritable Hans Christian Andersen caricature of a man. A strange combination of witty cosmopolite and melancholy introvert, he spent years writing under a series of fantastical pseudonyms, lavishing all the splendor of his mind on a seldom-appreciative world. He had a tragic love affair with a young girl, was dominated by an unforgettable Old Testament father, fought a sensational literary duel with a popular satiric magazine, and died in the midst of a violent quarrel with the state church ... More

Keywords: Søren Kierkegaard, pseudonym, Danish writer, thinker, intellectual, introvert, cosmopolite, writing, state church, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157771
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Lowrie, author
Princeton University