This first-ever full-length study in English dealing with Heinse aims to show his central importance for the
Sturm und Drang movement: as its art authority, its unsurpassed exuberant exponent of the descriptive possibilities of literary German, and its creator of the unsentimental 'Kernmensch' Ardinghello, the complement of Goethe's Werther. Heinse's status is illuminated by his reactions to Wieland's Rococo and Winckelmann's Classicism. Rubens, and indirectly the Rhine Falls of Schaffhausen are added by Heinse to the list of the
Sturm und Drang's exceptional beings. Through Heinse the
Sturm und Drang period gains a dimension of aesthetic brilliance with its focus on 'höchstes Leben' unforgettably articulated.
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1996. 204 pp.
Contents: Sturm und Drang contra Rokoko: Heinse against Wieland - Sturm und Drang contra Klassik:
Heinse against Winckelmann - The Gemäldebriefe - Ardinghello and Werther - Heinse's outstanding position in Sturm