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Anyone who has passed the age of seventy needs to have a positive attitude to life in order to enjoy it. This book explains how 'older cavers' develop and maintain this attitude, as well as taking an active interest in their chosen sport. There is something here for everyone, not just the cavers and non-caving pensioners, but for the younger folk, who will, one day, hopefully, experience life as 'older folk'. The book is filled with amusing and interesting articles for fire-side, or bed-time reading. The philosophies embedded in the text may also stimulate the thoughts of the perceptive reader. John Gillett is an active caver who belongs to several UK caving clubs. He has a passionate belief in the societal benefits of education and has played an active part in developing and implementing ideas on this subject internationally. He is married, with one daughter and two grand-children. He lives in Gawsworth, Cheshire.
While living in Devon about a year ago, I first became acquainted with the Welsh pony and found great pleasure in riding and driving with my children through the charming lanes and by-ways of Southwestern England.
The aim of this book is to explore "that post-Nietzschean archipelago of German literature which no one mind can hope to map, let alone inhabit" (Michael Hamburger) and to introduce it to the English-speaking reader for the first time, in accessible form. The study starts from the assumption that the daring imagery and cosmic sweep of Thus Spake Zarathustra provided the impetus for the creation of visionary epics and cosmological poetic universes. Mombert's mythopoeic poetry and Daubler's heliocentric masterpiece Das Nordlicht are seen as deriving from the Nietzschen stimulus (the theme of sun worship is also considered); Rudolf Pannwitz is discussed in connection with his subordination to Nietzsche as creator of mythical utterances and exhortations to the German nation; Ludwig Derleth's gigantic work The Koran of the Franks is analyzed as representing a remarkable fusion of Nietzscheanism and Catholicism; the two most notorious of the radical "Kosmiker," Alfred Schuler and Ludwig Klages, are examined in the context of Lebensphilosophie, and their attitudes to both Nietzsche and also to anthroposophy are looked at afresh. Other writers, such as the members of the Friedrichshagen Circle, also play a part. The book is original in that it presents for the first time a selection of writers hitherto regarded as impossible of access and reduces their epic scope to manageable proportions while preserving their essential meaning. It draws on the most recent scholarship and provides a fascinating account of a "lost generation." The book will be of interest to Nietzsche scholars, to students of Lebensphilosophie, and to those interested in German literature around the turn of the century. It will be of special interest to those drawn to the creation of myths and to radical religious thought. ~~ RAYMOND FURNESS is emeritus professor of German at St. Andrews University. He has published widely on late 19th and early 20th-century German literature. The major studies include books on Expressionism, on Wagner, and on German decadent writing. He has also published three surveys of modern German literature, two of them co-authored with Malcolm Humble.
James Matthew Barrie was born at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, on May 9, 1860. Kirriemuir, as soberly stated by the Encyclopaedia Britannica, is "a borough of barony and a market town of Forfarshire, Scotland, beautifully situated on an eminence above the glen through which the Gairie flows. It lies about five miles northwest of Forfar, and about sixty-two miles north of Edinburgh. The special industry of the town is linen weaving, for which large power-loom factories have recently been built." Mr. Barrie has made his birthplace famous as Thrums, after hesitating for a little between that name and Whins, which is the word used in the earliest Auld Licht sketches. Only a part of Mr. Barrie's boyhood was spent in Kirriemuir. At an early age he went to Dumfries, where his brother was inspector of schools. He was a pupil in the Dumfries Academy. At that time Thomas Carlyle was a not unfrequent visitor to the town, where his sister, Mrs. Aitken, and his friend, the venerable poet editor Thomas Aird, were then living."
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