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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262131759 | 459 pp. | 5.9 x 8.9 in | August 1982


A Study in Life and Letters


The women in Outsiders are Joan of Arc (as presented by Schiller, Shaw, Brecht, and Vishnevskii), Judith and Delilah (as heroine and vamp), George Eliot and George Sand, Lulu, and contemporary feminists. The homosexuals include protagonists of Marlowe's plays, Winckelmann, Platen, Verlaine and Rimbaud, Ludwig of Bavaria, Tchaikovsky, and the personas of Wilde, Gide, and Genet as seen in their lives and in their novels. The Jews range beyond stereotype from Shylock to Disraeli, the Rothschilds, Heine, Proust's Bloch and Joyce's Bloom, and Trotsky.Hans Mayer, Professor of German at the University of Tübingen, has also published major studies of Bochner, Wagner, Thomas Mann, Hesse, and Brecht. The English translation of Outsiders includes a new preface by the author and a foreword by Ihab Hassan.