A Nobel Affair: The Correspondence between Alfred Nobel and by Erika Rummel

By Erika Rummel

Alfred Nobel made his identify as an inventor and profitable entrepreneur and left a legacy as a philanthropist and promoter of studying and social development.

The correspondence among Nobel and his Viennese mistress, Sofie Hess, shines a gentle on his deepest lifestyles and divulges a character that differs considerably from his public photo. The letters exhibit him as a hypochondriac and workaholic and as a paranoid, jealous, and patriarchal lover. certainly, the connection among the getting older Alfred Nobel and the carefree, spendthrift Sofie Hess will strike readers as dysfunctional and helpful of Freudian research. Erika Rummel’s masterful translation and annotations display the price of the letters as remark on 19th century social mores: the idea that of honour and attractiveness, the lifetime of a "kept" lady, the superiority of antisemitism, the significance of spas as health and wellbeing inns and leisure centres, the placement of unmarried moms, and extra regularly the fabric tradition of a wealthy bourgeois gentleman. A Nobel Affair is the 1st translation into English of the entire correspondence among Alfred Nobel and Sofie Hess.

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