The Blue Flower

The Blue Flower

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The Blue Flower

The Blue Flower

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You will find here nine stories. Three of them have been printed separately. But I wished to bring them into one book because they seemed to me like parts of the same story,--the long story which will not be perfectly told till men learn a new language,--the story of the search for happiness, which is life.

Many men have told parts of this story, but whether they end in joy or in grief, the story is still unfinished and the search goes on. A hundred years ago, in Germany, Novalis, a wise man and a poet, began to write the story again (and thought to tell the whole of it), in his romance of Heinrich von Ofterdingen. The first book he called "Expectancy." And the second book he called "Fulfilment." But in the middle of the second book he broke off to take a long journey, from which he has not yet come back.

If you would like to know something about the meaning of the search for happiness, as fully and as clearly as it can be told in words, you will read the bit of Novalis which is translated here (somewhat freely, I must confess), and perhaps you will see why, for want of a better title, this book is named after The Blue Flower.

Only one of the stories,--that which has to do with Winfried and the Oak of Geismar,--has any foundation in fact, or even in legend. Yet I think they are all true. And so, will you take the little book, and see if it belongs to you? Once it was not mine, and then it was mine, and now it is no longer mine alone.

AVALON,

September 1, 1902.

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