Letters from Wilhelm Jensen to Helene Raff

The writer Wilhelm Jensen (1837-1911), born in Heiligenhafen, came to Munich in 1863, where he joined the circle led by the poet Emanuel Geibel (1815-1884, Hollandiana Personae.Geibel, Emanuel). In Stuttgart he became editor of the "Schwäbische Volkszeitung" (Swabian Popular Newspaper), in Flensburg editor of the "Norddeutsche Zeitung" (North German Newspaper). Jensen finally moved to Munich in 1888; he stayed at his country house in Prien am Chiemsee during the summer months. He wrote historical novels and stories (Chiemgau-NovellenChiemgau Novellas, 1895). He became famous for his novel Gradiva (1903), analysed by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).

Two of the three letters to Helene Raff (1865-1942) represent two poems written by Jensen around 1910. The letter dated 22 December 1909 contains, among other things, a review of Jensen's time with the Munich "Krokodile".

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