Lyon succeeds in presenting the explicit and implicit relation between the major philosopher and the most challenging poet of twentieth-century Europe, Martin Heidegger and Paul Celan, with much sound and original scholarship and ample coverage of what was already known. He provides a full chronological and topical picture of the philosophical, poetic, and personal issues that both bind and distance the two men, while at the same time, ultimately letting the reader decide how to assess their crucial relationship. In achieving this, he rectifies the overly tilted anti-Heidegger view that has prevailed.
(John Felstiner, Stanford University)
Lyon's study is a thorough and convincingly argued study... one that will undoubtedly provide the basis for future studies of the relationship between the poet Celan and the philosopher Heidegger.
(Mark Grzeskowiak Seminar: Journal of Germanic Studies
Lyon's scholarship throughout is thorough, and well collected in this readable account.
(Richard Hamilton Philosophy in Review
About the Author
James K. Lyon is a professor of German at Brigham Young University.