Copenhagen a Hundred Years Ago
This chapter sets out the setting and dramatis personae of Kierkegaard's early life, discussing several of the prominent figures which the chapter credits as having a formative influence on the young Kierkegaard's life and work. Born in Copenhagen in 1813, Kierkegaard spent his whole life in that city and was likewise buried there after his death in 1855. The chapter reveals Kierkegaard's love for his city, and the best proof of his love for Copenhagen is the fact that he rarely left it except for carriage drives in the environs. One of his rare ventures outside of Copenhagen was to Jutland and the heath country where his father was born. From an illustration of this setting, the chapter proceeds to sketch a portrait of Kierkegaard's father, Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard, as seen through his son's eyes.
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