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By Erika Rummel

Alfred Nobel made his identify as an inventor and profitable entrepreneur and left a legacy as a philanthropist and promoter of studying and social development.

The correspondence among Nobel and his Viennese mistress, Sofie Hess, shines a gentle on his inner most existence and divulges a character that differs considerably from his public snapshot. The letters express him as a hypochondriac and workaholic and as a paranoid, jealous, and patriarchal lover. certainly, the connection among the getting older Alfred Nobel and the carefree, spendthrift Sofie Hess will strike readers as dysfunctional and valuable of Freudian research. Erika Rummel’s masterful translation and annotations show the worth of the letters as remark on 19th century social mores: the concept that of honour and acceptance, the lifetime of a "kept" lady, the superiority of antisemitism, the significance of spas as wellbeing and fitness inns and leisure centres, the location of unmarried moms, and extra in most cases the fabric tradition of a wealthy bourgeois gentleman. A Nobel Affair is the 1st translation into English of the full correspondence among Alfred Nobel and Sofie Hess.

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