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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 Additionally, there are five related historical documents — each with a context-setting headnote — illustrations, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography.

About the Author

RONALD SCHECHTER is associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary, where he teaches a wide variety of courses in European history. He received his doctorate from Harvard University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Heidelberg. Professor Schechter is the author of Obstinate Hebrews: Representations of Jews in France, 1715-1815 (2003) and the editor of The French Revolution: The Essential Readings (2001). He has published articles in Past and Present, Representations, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques and is the early modern Europe section editor for History Compass.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

A Note about the Text and Translation

List of Illustrations

    

PART ONE

Introduction: Beyond Tolerance — Lessing, Nathan the Wise, and the Legacy of the Enlightenment

      

PART TWO

Nathan the Wise

    

PART THREE

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

    

  Appendixes

   A Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Chronology (1729-1786)

   Questions for Consideration

   Selected Bibliography

    

    Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312442439
Author:
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim
Publisher:
Bedford Books
Editor:
Schechter, Ronald
Author:
Schechter, Ronald
Subject:
General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Bedford Series in History & Culture
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
171
Dimensions:
8.24 x 5.57 x 0.375 in

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