Kleist's Lost Year and the Quest for 'Robert Guiskard'

R.H. Samuel & H.M. Brown. James Hall (Publishing) Ltd, Leamington Spa 1981 (126 pp)

Between July 1803 and July 1804 Heinrich von Kleist experienced one of the most serious crises in his brief, tragic career, yet accounts of it have until now been enigmatic and contradictory. The discovery of new sources has enabled the authors to make a significant contribution to his biography, which disentangles his apparently incoherent quest to live out Robert Guiskard, his abandoned tragedy, and provides illuminating insights into the world he encountered and the turmoil of his mind.