By Erika Rummel
Alfred Nobel made his identify as an inventor and winning entrepreneur and left a legacy as a philanthropist and promoter of studying and social growth.
The correspondence among Nobel and his Viennese mistress, Sofie Hess, shines a mild on his inner most existence and divulges a character that differs considerably from his public photograph. 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 worthwhile of Freudian research. Erika Rummel’s masterful translation and annotations show the worth of the letters as statement on 19th century social mores: the concept that of honour and attractiveness, the lifetime of a "kept" lady, the superiority of antisemitism, the significance of spas as well-being inns and leisure centres, the location of unmarried moms, and extra often the fabric tradition of a wealthy bourgeois gentleman. A Nobel Affair is the 1st translation into English of the total correspondence among Alfred Nobel and Sofie Hess.
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A Nobel Affair: The Correspondence between Alfred Nobel and Sofie Hess by Erika Rummel