Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing

Translated by Ronald Taylor



  • New Book | Paperback | 128 pp.
  • ISBN: 9781847490827
  • Published: July 2008

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Eichendorff's prose masterpiece - a picaresque account of the wanderings of a young man who leaves home after a row with his father, and who eventually finds love with the girl of his dreams - is one of the best-known classics of German literature.

Deeply imbued with the style and sentiment of German Romanticism, and philosophical and poetic in its approach to nature and existence, Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing is at once an exhilarating romp and a lively portrayal of nineteenth-century ideals.

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'Eichendorff breathes the purity of the fairy tale and the folk song...a blithe and happy symbol, touching in his modesty, of a true humanity, a cultured, Romantic humanity...' Thomas Mann

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Read an excerpt from Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing


Despite leading a life of ordinary officialdom Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857) was one of the most important German Romantic poets, also famous for his prose tales.


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