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Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self with Andrea Wulf
Forget Paris — the real Revolution in the 1790s happened in Jena, a quiet German university town where the unlikely revolutionaries were not soldiers or politicians but poets and playwrights, philosophers, literary critics, and scientists. The Jena Set were the first Romantics, who incited a revolution of the mind that shaped our modern world. Their unconventional lives were laboratories for their radical ideas — about the creative power of the self, the aspirations of art and science, nature, and the true meaning of freedom. In Magnificent Rebels, award-winning author Andrea Wulf takes us on a vivid journey through their adventures and misadventures, passionate love affairs and epic quarrels, successes and heartbreaks.