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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Der Roman des Lebens
Gerhart Hauptmanns autobiographische Selbsterkundungen in Das Abenteuer meiner Jugend und Buch der Leidenschaft
The novel of life. Gerhart Hauptmann's autobiographical self-explorations in Das Abenteuer meiner Jugend and Buch der Leidenschaft
In the Hauptmann-year 2012 the author received renewed attention which had visibly diminished during the last decades. A voluminous biography was published by expert Peter Sprengel which however did in fact not add specifically new aspects to the image of Hauptmann, but recounted certain more or less well-known details. The following article takes into close focus Hauptmann's autobiographical writings, with their smoothing of his vita and their glorification of a strong will to be an artist, and delivers thus a critical reading of stylizations held against the backdrop of his overwhelming inclination towards myth and conceitedness.
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