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This biography offers a flexible perception into the existence, paintings, and considered Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann bargains an in depth account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who used to be a theologian, organist, thinker, medical professional, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles used to be no longer a instantly course from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the medical institution in Read more...

summary: This biography presents a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and considered Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann deals an in depth account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who was once a theologian, organist, thinker, health professional, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's existence used to be now not a directly course from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the clinic in Lambarene, and finishing with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In each lifestyles there are highs and lows, victories and defeats, and Schweitzer's existence used to be no exception. those ups and downs, despite the fact that, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my existence and proposal, the place he offers his existence as a tremendous, purposefully built edifice, the cornerstone of which used to be the primary of Reverence for all times, and the virtually inevitable final result of which was once the Nobel Peace Prize. thus far, biographers, reporters, and hagiographers have instructed and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this uncomplicated development with rather little serious amendment. Their Schweitzer was once a guy whose manner and air of secrecy set him except different highbrow giants of his time. yet now not every little thing Schweitzer documents in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the information and in his unpublished writings. it's at the foundation of those old resources and newer courses that Oermann makes an attempt to caricature a extra real looking photograph of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German gurus and his function within the anti-nuclear flow. He additionally builds on a couple of interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, so much particularly his daughter

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On the one hand, he described himself as ‘given to daydreaming’,18 an introverted and obsessive reader, and someone with an advanced ethical sense for his age. This sensitivity is OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi 10 Albert Schweitzer highlighted by the episode with the bird hunt. On the other hand, Schweitzer recognized in himself a side that does not easily fit into the picture of the universal genius or of the kindly and patient doctor in the jungle. In his autobiography he admitted that, despite his natural reserve, he was subject to fits of explosive anger, a trait he believed he had inherited from his mother.

Before Schweitzer began attending lectures in philosophy and music theory OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi 18 Albert Schweitzer along with the standard courses in theology, he spent his first semester learning Hebrew. This four-month course was a challenge for Schweitzer, who was not apt at learning languages; in fact, he was never able to achieve more than a reading knowledge of English. ’43 Early in his studies Schweitzer made the impression of being a determined and ambitious young man with a very wide range of talents.

Dr Wehmann, a gifted and inspiring teacher, had managed to teach what ‘no exhortations and no punishments can’. Throughout his university studies in Strasbourg, Schweitzer would call on Dr Wehmann regularly. After returning from Africa in 1919, he was met by the news that Wehmann, who had suffered from mental illness, had taken his own life. This was a OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi 14 Albert Schweitzer particularly harsh blow to Schweitzer, who was also psychologically and physically unwell at the time.

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