Ever Heard of Jena, Germany? Award-Winning Author Tells True Tales of the Creative Geniuses of Jen Who Changed the World

Published on Oct 4, 2022

Author Andrea Wulf lectures on her book, “Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self,” in an event hosted by The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino on Wednesday, October 5, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Forget Paris. The real Revolution in the 1790s happened in Jena, a quiet German university town where the unlikely revolutionaries were not soldiers or politicians but poets and playwrights (Goethe, Schiller and Novalis), philosophers (Fichte, Schelling and Hegel), literary critics (the contentious Schlegel brothers) and scientists (Alexander von Humboldt). And at their heart was the formidable and free-spirited Caroline Schlegel. The Jena Set were the first Romantics. And their unconventional lives were laboratories for their radical ideas – about the creative power of the self, the aspirations of art and science, nature and the true meaning of freedom.

Andrea Wulf is an award-winning writer of seven books, including “The Invention of Nature” and “Founding Gardeners.”

Attendance is free with registration.

To register, go to www.huntington.org/event/magnificent-rebels-first-romantics-and-invention-self.

For more information, call (626) 405-2100. 

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