Edith Waldstein (essay date 1988)
SOURCE: Waldstein, Edith. “Political Communications and the Conversational Novel.” In Bettine von Arnim and the Politics of Romantic Conversation, pp. 59-93. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1988.
[In the following excerpt, Waldstein refutes the common critical dismissal of Arnim's political writing as the work of a dilettante.]
The connection between Bettine von Arnim's cultural activity and the society in which she lived cannot be fully understood without a review of the social and political activities in which she was involved.1 This aspect of her life has until recently been overlooked in literary history. Critics tend either not to discuss it at all or...
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