Ernst Junger

Jünger, Ernst

Ernst Jünger (ĕrnst yüng´ər), 1895–1998, German writer. Jünger's early war novels were based on arduous army experience. Strongly influenced by Nietzsche, they glorified war and its sacrifice as the greatest physical and mental stimulants. Among these works are Storm of Steel (1920, tr. 1929), Feuer und Blut (1924), and Copse 125 (1925, tr. 1930). Later he opposed Hitler and rejected his own militarism in a mystical plea for peace, expressed in his diaries of the war years and in the futuristic novels On the Marble Cliffs (1939, tr. 1947), an allegorical attack on Nazism; Gärten und Strassen (1942); and Heliopolis (1949). His later works include The Glass Bees (1957, tr. 1961) and Aladdin's Problem (1983, tr. 1992).

See studies by J. P. Stern (1953), G. Loose (1974), and R. Woods (1982).

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Ernst Junger
J. P. Stern.
Yale University Press, 1953
European Memories of the Second World War
Charles Burdett; Claire Gorrara; Helmut Peitsch.
Berghahn Books, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Portrait of the Poet as a Dead Man: Ernst Junger's Writing in the Second World War: Strahlungen"
German Incertitudes, 1914-1945: The Stones and the Cathedral
Klemens Von Klemperer.
Praeger, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "The Adventurer: Ernst Junger Reconsidered"
Ernst Junger's Thematic Use of the Orient and Asia
Pekar, Thomas.
Journal of European Studies, Vol. 29, No. 1, March 1999
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Fascism's Return: Scandal, Revision, and Ideology since 1980
Richard J. Golsan.
University of Nebraska Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Ernst Junger's Millenium: Bad Citizens for the New Century" begins on p. 218
Cool Conduct: The Culture of Distance in Weimar Germany
Helmut Lethen; Don Reneau.
University of California Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Junger's Fall into the Crystal" begins on p. 147
War and the Illiberal Conscience
Christopher Coker.
Westview Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Ernst Junger and the War Machine" begins on p. 51
Intellectual Discourse and the Politics of Modernization: Negotiating Modernity in Iran
Ali Mirsepassi.
Cambridge University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "The 'Discourse of Authenticity' in Friedrich Nietzsche and Ernst Junger" begins on p. 137
The Prussian Spirit: A Survey of German Literature and Politics, 1914-1940
S. D. Stirk.
Faber and Faber Limited, 1941
Librarian’s tip: "The Militarism of Ernst Junger" begins on p. 91
The Shadows of Total War: Europe, East Asia, and the United States, 1919-1939
Roger Chickering; Stig Förster.
Cambridge University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Strangelove, or How Ernst Junger Learned to Love Total War"
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