The Blue Flower is set in the
age of Goethe, in the small towns and great universities of late
eighteenth-century Germany. It tells the true story of Friedrich von
Hardenberg, a passionate, impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain
fame as the romantic poet Novalis. Fritz seeks his father’s permission to wed
his “heart’s heart,” his “spirit’s guide”—a plain, simple child named Sophie
von Kühn. It is an attachment that shocks his family and friends. Their
brilliant young Fritz, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard? How can this be?
irrationality of love, the transfiguration of the commonplace, the clarity of
purpose that comes with knowing one’s own fate—these are the themes of this
beguiling novel, themes treated with a mix of wit, grace, and mischievous humor. Download and start listening now!