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The Philosophy of Schopenhauer$
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Bryan Magee

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198237228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198237227.001.0001

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Schopenhauer's Influence on Creative Writers

Schopenhauer's Influence on Creative Writers

(p.403) Chapter 18 Schopenhauer's Influence on Creative Writers
The Philosophy of Schopenhauer

Bryan Magee

Oxford University Press

Schopenhauer has influenced the work of more, and more distinguished, creative writers than any philosopher since his day, more even than Marx. This is especially true among novelists: Tolstoy, Turgenev, Zola, Maupassant, Proust, Hardy, Conrad, and Thomas Mann must be included. He also influenced short‐story writers such as Maugham and Borges, poets such as Rilke and Eliot, and dramatists such as Pirandello and Beckett. They were attracted, variously, by his psychological insight, his understanding of unconscious motivation, his disenchanted view of human beings, and his non‐religious view of the cosmos, as well as by his teachings about the arts and the fact that he was himself a great prose writer.

Keywords:   Borges, Conrad, Eliot, Hardy, Mann, Maupassant, Proust, Schopenhauer, Tolstoy, Turgenev, unconscious motivation, Zola

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