Wilhelm Jensen

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Wilhelm Jensen
BirthplaceHeiligenhafen, Holstein, German Confederation
writer, poet

Jensen, Wilhelm


Born Feb. 15, 1837, in Heiligenhafen, Schleswig-Holstein; died Nov. 24, 1911, in Munich. German writer.

Jensen was the son of a bureaucrat. He studied medicine, history, and philosophy at the universities of Breslau and Munich. His lyric poetry is imbued with an elegiac mood (the collection Verses, 1869). Jensen is the author of realistic novels and short stories based on contemporary themes, such as Dark Erika (1868) and From an Old Family (1884). His most interesting novels are Around the Imperial Throne (1878) and Lost Worlds (1882). Jensen’s later works contain elements of fantasy (the novel Gradiva, 1903; Russian translation, 1912).


Ausgewählte Gedichte. Leipzig, 1912.


Schorn, K. W. Jensen, der Mensch, seine Weltanschauung und seineKunst. Bonn [1924]. (Dissertation.)
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Caruth analyzes the writings of Honore de Balzac, Hannah Arendt, Ariel Dorfman, Wilhelm Jensen, Sigmund Freud, and Jacques Derrida to consider the question of what it means for history to disappear.
In 2007-2008, for example, working in the rooms of the Freud Museum in London, he exhibited works related to Gradiva, the young female figure in the celebrated Roman bas-relief in the Vatican Museums, the subject of a novel by German writer Wilhelm Jensen and then an essay by Sigmund Freud, who was the proud owner of a copy of the relief.
Late in the century, Wilhelm Jensen and Carl Hauptmann (elder brother of Gerhart) link Gypsies to the pseudo-scientific discourse of racial difference and Social Darwinism, a trend that only intensifies in the work of Ferdinand von Saar and Otto Alscher.
Su favorita, se dice, era una Atenea, pero tambien le inspiro un relieve pompeyano del Museo del Vaticano; el escritor Wilhelm Jensen (1837-1911) baso en el su novela Gradiva, una fantasia pompeyana, que narra la historia de un arqueologo enamorado de la escultura.