MARIE GRUBBE, A Lady of the Seventeenth Century

MARIE GRUBBE, A Lady of the Seventeenth Century

by Jens Peter Jacobson, Hanna Astrup Larsen

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Overview

A Danish historical romance of the seventeenth century.

Jacobsen wrote but little, two novels, a few short stories, a handful of lyrics, but that little is lasting, according to Georg Brandes and other critics.

He spent four years writing the "Marie Grubbe", searching for material and color in "old documents and letters and lies and descriptions of murder, adultery. . . . the siege of Copenhagen, divorce proceedings, christenings. . . . and funeral sermons."

We first meet Marie Grubbe as a maiden on her father's estate. Her father's plans transfer her to Copenhagen where she lives with her aunt in the shadow of the royal court. At the age of eighteen she marries Lord Gyldenlöve, the king's natural son, who, by his loose life and cruelty, kills her love for him. Later she secures a divorce and gives her love to a man who aspires greatly but who has no power to achieve. Disappointed and despising herself for this surrender, she returns to her father, who marries her to a prosperous peasant. With him she lives a listless life until past forty, when a young love reawakens in her for one of her servants. She eventually marries him, living happily as a lower class ferryman's wife until her death at the age of seventy. An introduction by the translator, Hanna A. Larsen, gives a brief biography and estimate of Jacobsen. and his importance in Danish literature.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016251158
Publisher: OGB
Publication date: 02/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 536 KB

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