"In the tremendous literature of affection, The Seducer's Diary is an tricky curiosity--a feverishly highbrow try and reconstruct an erotic failure as a pedagogic luck, a wound masked as a boast," observes John Updike in his foreword to Søren Kierkegaard's narrative. This paintings, a bankruptcy from Kierkegaard's first significant quantity, Either/Or, springs from his dating together with his fiancée, Regine Olsen. Kierkegaard fell in love with the younger girl, ten years his junior, proposed to her, yet then broke off their engagement a yr later. This occasion affected Kierkegaard profoundly. Olsen turned a muse for him, and a flood of volumes resulted. His try and set correct, in writing, what he feels was once a mistake in his dating with Olsen taught him the key of "indirect communication." The Seducer's Diary, then, turns into Kierkegaard's try to painting himself as a scoundrel and therefore make their holiday more straightforward for her.
Matters of marriage, the moral as opposed to the cultured, dread, and, more and more, the severities of Christianity are contemplated via Kierkegaard during this severe work.
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