The Book Club

Andrea Wulf: Magnificent Rebels

48 min listen

In This Episode

In this week’s Book Club podcast, I’m joined by Andrea Wulf to talk about the birth of Romanticism at the end of the 18th century. Her new book Magnificent Rebels tells the story of the “Jena set” – a staggering assemblage of the superstars of German literature and philosophy who gathered in a small town and collectively came up with a whole new way of looking at the world. Goethe, Schiller, Fichte, Schelling, Novalis, the Schlegel brothers, the von Humboldt brothers – and their brilliant and daring wives and lovers… their intellectual fireworks were matched by a tangle of literary feuds and hair-raising sexual complications. Here’s a piece of the jigsaw of intellectual history that most British people will only vaguely know of if at all – and it’s fascinating.


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