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Title: Kierkegaard's Writings, Volume 13: The Corsair Affair
Author: Kierkegaard, Soren
Publisher: Princeton University Press; Publication Date: 2009
Paperback; ISBN: 9780691140759
Volumes: 1; Pages: 376
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The Corsair affair has been called the "most renowned controversy in Danish literary history." At the center is Siren Kierkegaard, whose pseudonymous Stages on Life's Way occasioned a frivolous and dishonorable review by Peder Ludvig Miller. Miller was associated with The Corsair, a publication notorious for gossip and caricature. The editor was Me�r Goldschmidt, an acquaintance of Kierkegaard's and an admirer of his early work. Kierkegaard struck back at not only Miller and Goldschmidt but at the paper as a whole. The present volume contains all of the documents relevant to this dispute, plus a historical introduction that recapitulates the sequence of events surrounding the controversy.Parts I (Article) and II (Addenda) contain articles both signed by and attributed to Kierkegaard in response to the affair. A supplement includes writings pertaining to the Corsair affair by Goldschmidt and Miller, as well as unpublished pieces by Kierkegaard from his journals and papers. Although the immediate occasion was literary, for Kierkegaard the issues as well as the consequences were ethical, social, philosophical, and religious. Howard Hong argues that the most important consequence was wholly unexpected and unintended: the second phase of Kierkegaard's authorship.