Book of Songs Additional Summary

Chaim Harry Heine


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Further Reading

Brod, Max. Heinrich Heine: The Artist in Revolt. Translated by Joseph Witriol. New York: New York University Press, 1957. An English version of Brod’s 1934 biographical study, offering a post-Holocaust historical assessment. Emphasizes Heine’s loneliness and restlessness as a Diaspora Jew, to which Brod paradoxically attributes the universality of his verse.

Perraudin, Michael. “Illusions Lost and Found: The Experiential World of Heine’s Buch der Lieder.” In A Companion to the Works of Heinrich Heine, edited by Roger F. Cook. Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2002. Perraudin’s analysis of Book of Songs is one of several essays in this collection that examine Heine’s poetry. Other essays discuss the erotic elements in his work, his conception of history, and his relation to Jewish culture.

Phelan, Anthony. “From the Private Life of Everyman: Self-Presentation and Authenticity in Buch der Lieder.” In Reading Heinrich Heine. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Phelan provides detailed analyses of the Book of Songs and Heine’s other poetic works. He emphasizes Heine’s contributions to modernity.

Prawer, S. S. Heine: Buch der Leider. London: Edward Arnold, 1960. Stresses the significance of the doppelgänger...

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