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.
'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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