Livserindringer / Memories of My Life: A Woman's Life in Nineteenth-century Denmark
By: Cecilie Hertz (author), Joan Taylor (editor)Hardback
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This is the first full English translation of "Memories of My Life". This memoir examines Danish provincial life, childhood and education, and is relevant to the study of nineteenth-century women's history and literature. In 1867, on the Danish island of Bornholm, a woman named Cecilie Hertz began a memoir, starting with her happy childhood in Bogense in the 1830s. But Cecilie also coped with much personal loss, as well as the Schleswig-Holstein war of 1864. Later, after the death of her husband and a deep life crisis, Cecilie forged onwards independently, founding a school for girls in Fredensborg, becoming a Unitarian, and adopting a child. In its self-conscious processing of memory and experience, "Memories of My Life" is indebted to Soren Kierkegaard's philosophy, yet its touch is light and engaging. Cecilie Hertz comes across as a modern woman, of extraordinary sensibility and intelligence. "Memories of My Life" was partly published in Danish in 1930, but is now offered complete, in the international scholarly language of English, annotated by excerpts from other writings, and illustrated.
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