[lit-ideas] Historic days 1

  • From: Chris Bruce <bruce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 11:16:03 +0200

In February of 2006 Goebhardt had received and begun printing of the first part of the book, and on the 8 and 10 of October, 1806, Hegel forwarded the next instalments of his _Phaenomenologie des Geistes_ to his publisher in Bamberg. The contract stipulated a deadline of 18 October, 2006 for the complete manuscript, but an interruption in the mail service delayed delivery: on 13 October Napoleon's troops entered Jena.

It was in the light of the burning city and by the sound of the thundering cannon that Hegel took refuge in Gabler's house and brought the last pages of the rescued manuscript to order - and through the intercession of Niethammer (because of the delay Hegel's contract with his publisher was technically broken) the complete book was delivered later that month and brought to the light of day (or should one say rather: 'brought light to the day'?) in March, 2007.

Chris Bruce,
Kiel, Germany

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