Prefaces was the last of four books by Soren Kierkegaard to appear within two weeks in June 1844. Three Upbuilding Discourses and Philosophical Fragments were published first, followed by The Concept of Anxiety and its companion--published on the same day--the comically ironic Prefaces. Presented as a set of prefaces without a book to follow, this work is a satire on literary life in nineteenth-century Copenhagen, a lampoon of Danish Hegelianism, and a prefiguring of Kierkegaard's final collision with Danish Christendom. Shortly after publishing Prefaces, Kierkegaard began to prepare Writing Sampler as a sequel. Writing Sampler considers the same themes taken up in Prefaces but in yet a more ironical and satirical vein. Although Writing Sampler remained unpublished during his lifetime, it is presented here as Kierkegaard originally envisioned it, in the company of Prefaces.
Todd W. Nichol is Associate Professor of Church History at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.
HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION vii Prefaces 1 PREFACE 3 Preface I 13 Preface II 15 Preface III 22 Preface IV 23 Preface V 27 Preface VI 31 Preface VII 35 Preface VIII 47 Writing Sampler 69 SUPPLEMENT 91 Key to References 92 Original Title Page of Prefaces 94 Selected Entries from Kierkegaard's Journals and Papers Pertaining to Prefaces 97 Original Manuscript Pages of Writing Sampler 122 Selected Entries from Kierkegaard's journals and Papers Pertaining to Writing Sampler 127 EDITORIAL APPENDIX 165 Acknowledgments 167 Collation of Prefaces in the Danish Editions of Kierkegaard's Collected Works 169 Notes 171 Bibliographical Note 199 Index 201