The Demon of Noontide: Ennui in Western Literature (Princeton Legacy Library #5087) (Hardcover)

The Demon of Noontide: Ennui in Western Literature (Princeton Legacy Library #5087) By Reinhard Clifford Kuhn Cover Image
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Kierkegaard claimed that the gods created man because they were bored, and Baudelaire predicted that the delicate monster of boredom would one day swallow up the whole world in an immense yawn. Between these two statements lies the undefined expanse of ennui, whose manifestations in European literature form the fascinating subject of this book. Reinhard Kuhn's aim is to define the demon of noontide, to learn how writers through the ages have treated it, and to discover what it indicates about the nature of the creative act.

Originally published in 1976.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780691654492
ISBN-10: 0691654492
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: March 21st, 2017
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Princeton Legacy Library