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Nathan the Wise

Nathan the Wise - 04 edition

Nathan the Wise - 04 edition

ISBN13: 9780312442439

ISBN10: 0312442432

Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Ronald Schechter and Natalie Zemon Davis - ISBN 9780312442439
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Bedford Books
International: No
Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Ronald Schechter and Natalie Zemon Davis - ISBN 9780312442439

ISBN13: 9780312442439

ISBN10: 0312442432

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 04

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One of the most frequently performed and widely read comedies of the eighteenth century, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Nathan the Wise (1779) combines rich characterization with an engaging plot. Set in Muslim-ruled Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades, it deals with universal themes -- including the nature of God, antisemitism, wealth and poverty, and the conflict between love and duty. Today the play is as timely as ever. This edition, the first English version expressly intended for undergraduates, contains an insightful introduction that discusses the play, Lessing and the Enlightenment, and the situation of Jews in eighteenth-century Europe. Additionally, there are five related historical documents -- each with a context-setting headnote -- illustrations, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

A Note on the Text and Translation


Introduction: Beyond Tolerance -- Lessing, Nathan the Wise, and the legacy of the Enlightenment
Lessing's Challenge to Convention
The Condition of the Jews in Eighteenth-Century Europe
The Plot of Nathan the Wise
Nathan and the Problem of Intolerance
The Play's Reception and Relevance for Today


Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing


Related Documents
1. Johann Andrea Eisenmenger, Jewry Revealed, 1700
2. Christian Wilhelm von Dohm, On the Civic Improvement of the Jews, 1781
3. François-Louis-Claude Marin, History of Saladin, 1758
4. Moses Mendelssohn on Lessing, 1786
5. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Theodicy, 1710

Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography