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Men in dark times.

Author: Hannah Arendt
Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace & World [1968]
Series: A Harvest/HBJ book
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
Summary:
Collection of essays which present portraits of individuals ranging from Rosa Luxemburg to Pope John XXIII who the author believes have illuminated "dark times."
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975.
Men in dark times.
New York, Harcourt, Brace & World [1968]
(OCoLC)564000140
Online version:
Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975.
Men in dark times.
New York, Harcourt, Brace & World [1968]
(OCoLC)605712349
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hannah Arendt
ISBN: 0156588900 9780156588904
OCLC Number: 391716
Description: x, 272 pages 22 cm.
Contents: On humanity in dark times; thoughts about Lessing.--Rosa Luxemburg, 1871-1919.--Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli; a Christian on St. Peter's chair from 1958 to 1963.--Karl Jaspers; a laudatio.--Karl Jaspers: citizen of the world?--Isak Dinesen, 1885-1963.--Hermann Broch, 1886-1951.--Walter Benjamin, 1892-1940.--Bertolt Brecht, 1898-1956.--Waldemar Gurian, 1903-1954.--Randall Jarrell, 1914-1965.
Series Title: A Harvest/HBJ book

Abstract:

Collection of essays which present portraits of individuals ranging from Rosa Luxemburg to Pope John XXIII who the author believes have illuminated "dark times."

"Dark times" is Brecht's phrase, and Hannah Arendt uses it not to suggest that those she writes about are "mouthpieces of the Zeitgeist" (none in fact fit such roles), but, rather, that the routine repetitive horrors of our century form the substance of the dark against which their lives of illumination were lived. All the essays, written over a period of years, are concerned with persons--writers who (except Lessing) share the first half of the twentieth century--and only implicitly with issues. Dr. Arendt believes that "Even in the darkest of times we have the right to expect some illumination, and that such illumination may come less from theories and concepts than from the uncertain, flickering, and often weak light that some men and women, in their lives and works, will kindle under almost all circumstances and shed over the time-span that was given them on earth."--Publisher description.

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