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Something of His Own

Jonathan Rée: Gotthold Lessing, 6 February 2014

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: His Life, Works and Thought 
by H.B. Nisbet.
Oxford, 734 pp., £85, September 2013, 978 0 19 967947 8
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... he is a biographer’s nightmare. More than seventy biographies have appeared to date, by H.B. Nisbet’s reckoning, and most of them have simply recycled the same old story about his role in the creation of Germany’s national literature. Nisbet’s magnificent and monumental new book restores Lessing to us in all his ...

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