As a spiritual autobiography, Kierkegaard's The Point of View for My Work as an Author stands among such great works as Augustine's Confessions and Newman's Apologia pro Vita Sua. Yet Point of View is neither a confession nor a defense; it is an author's story of a lifetime of writing, his understanding of the maze of greatly varied works that make up his oeuvre. Upon the imminent publication of the second edition of Either/Or, Kierkegaard again intended to cease writing. Now was the time for a direct "report to history" on the authorship as a whole. In addition to Point of View, which was published posthumously, the present volume also contains On My Work as an Author, a contemporary substitute, and the companion piece Armed Neutrality.
Howard V. Hong, the former Director of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, is the General Editor of "Kierkegaard's Writings". Edna H. Hong is a poet, writer, and translator who has collaborated with Professor Hong on other English translations of Kierkegaard's work.
HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION On My Work as an Author The Accounting APPENDIX My Position as a Religious Author in "Christendom" and My Strategy The Point of View for My Work as an Author Introduction Part One A. The Equivocalness or Duplexity in the Whole Authorship, Whether the Author Is an Esthetic or a Religious Author B. The Explanation: That the Author Is and Was a Religious Author Part Two THE AUTHORSHIP VIEWED AS A WHOLE, AND FROM THE POINT OF VIEW THAT THE AUTHOR IS A RELIGIOUS AUTHOR CHAPTER I A. The Esthetic Writing Why the beginning was made with esthetic writing, or what this writing, understood in the totality, signifies 1. "Christendom" is an enormous illusion 2. If one is truly to succeed in leading a person to a specific place, one must first and foremost take care to find him where he is and begin there 3. The illusion that religion and Christianity are something to which one turns only when one becomes older 4. Even though a person refuses to go along to the place to which one is endeavoring to lead him, there is still one thing that can be done for him: compel him to become aware 5. All the esthetic writing seen in the totality of the writing is a deception, but understood in a singular way B. Concluding Postscript C. The Religious Writing Conclusion CHAPTER II The Dissimilarity of My Personal Existing Corresponding to the Dissimilar Nature of the Writing A. Personal Existing in Relation to the Esthetic Writing B. Personal Existing in Relation to the Religious Writing CHAPTER III Governance's Part in My Authorship EPILOGUE CONCLUSION SUPPLEMENT "The Single Individual" Two "Notes" Concerning My Work as an Author Preface No. 1 For the Dedication to "That Single Individual" No.2 A Word on the Relation of My Work as an Author to "The Single Individual" Postscript Postscript to the "Two Notes" Armed Neutrality SUPPLEMENT Key to References Original Title Page of On My Work as an Author Original Title Page of The Point of View for My Work as an Author Selected Entries from Kierkegaard's Journals and Papers Pertaining to On My Work as an Author and The Point of View for My Work as an Author First Manuscript Page of Armed Neutrality Selected Entries from Kierkegaard's Journals and Papers Pertaining to Armed Neutrality EDITORIAL APPENDIX Acknowledgments Collation of On My Work as an Author in the Danish Editions of Kierkegaard's Collected Works Collation of The Point of View for My Work as an Author in the Danish Editions of Kierkegaard's Collected Works Notes Bibliographical Note Index