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David Constantine

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198157885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198157885.001.0001

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Hölderlin in Homburg, 1798–1800

Hölderlin in Homburg, 1798–1800

(p.105) 6 Hölderlin in Homburg, 1798–1800

David Constantine

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Having left Frankfurt Friedrich Hölderlin moved to Homburg, three hours' walk away. He went there to be in the company of his friends, especially Isaak von Sinclair, and to stay near Susette Gontard. In November, Hölderlin had ten days away in Rastatt with Sinclair, but otherwise he stayed put in Homburg and went into Frankfurt once a month to see Susette. Poems of his taken earlier were published whilst he was in Homburg and they were favourably noticed by A. W. Schlegel. The first volume of Hyperion had some good reviews and the second volume duly appeared in the autumn of 1799. In June 1799 he sought to secure both a reputation and an income by founding a journal, to be called Iduna, after the Nordic goddess who held the apples of eternal life.

Keywords:   Frankfurt, Friedrich Hölderlin, Homburg, Isaak von Sinclair, Susette Gontard, A. W. Schlegel, Hyperion, Iduna, Nordic goddess, eternal life

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