Nonfiction. Literary Criticism. Jewish Studies. Translated from the German by W. C. Bamberger. These two drafts essays capture the 21-year-old Scholem's thoughts on two novels: Eduard Mörike's Nolten the Painter, and Rainer Maria Rilke's The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. This is the first translation into English of these two excerpts from Scholem's diaries of 1918. Included are notes by the translator W. C. Bamberger.
Gershom Scholem was born in Berlin in 1897 and settled in Jerusalem in 1923. For years he was Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Hebrew University. His many books include Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism, Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, and Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship. He died in 1982. Author City: Jerusalem ISR