[UCP Books]: Georg Forster

Nicholas Lilly | 773.702.7490 | nlilly@uchicago.edu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


“Marvelous. . . . Wonderfully imaginative. . . . Sparkling.”

Wall Street Journal


“Stunning. . . . Read this book: in equal measure it will give you hope and trouble your dreams.”

—Laura Dassow Walls,
author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life




Voyager, Naturalist, Revolutionary

Jürgen Goldstein
Translated by Anne Janusch

Domestic Publication Date: April 15, 2019 International Publication Date: April 22, 2019
240 pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN-13: 978-0-226-46735-1 | Cloth $45.00


This book tells the story of Georg Forster, the greatest polymath you’ve never heard of—and whose voice you will never forget. From his work as a scientist aboard ship with Captain James Cook, to his popular travel writings, his interactions with Alexander von Humboldt and Goethe, his failed revolution in Germany, and his death in exile and anonymity in Paris, Forster led a life of passion, curiosity, and deep thought. Yet, in the constellation of the Enlightenment’s trailblazing naturalists, scientists, political thinkers, and writers, his star remains relatively dim. Tracing the arc of his short life and revealing the enduring relationship between nature and politics that threaded through his extraordinary four decades, this book is the source of illumination that Forster’s journey so greatly deserves.


Jürgen Goldstein is full professor of philosophy at the University Koblenz-Landau in Germany. Anne Janusch is the translator of works by Wolf Haas, Anja Kampmann, Walter Kappacher, Heinrich von Kleist, and Uwe Tellkamp. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Bosch Foundation. Please contact Nicholas Lilly at nlilly@uchicago.edu for more information.


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