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Author Oermann, Nils Ole,
Title Albert Schweitzer : a biography / Nils Ole Oermann.
Imprint Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition First edition.

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Subject Schweitzer, Albert, 1875-1965.
Missionaries, Medical -- Gabon -- Lambarene (Moyen-Ogooue) -- Biography.
Theologians -- Europe -- Biography.
Musicians -- Europe -- Biography.
Religious Missions.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 263 pages .)
Edition First edition.
Summary This biography provides a versatile insight into the life, work, and thought of Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann offers a detailed account of the multifaceted life of Albert Schweitzer who was a theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary. Schweitzer's life was not a straight path from the parsonage in Alsace to the University of Strasbourg, then on to the hospital in Lambarene, and ending with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In every life there are highs and lows, victories and defeats, and Schweitzer's life was no exception. These ups and downs, however, are barely discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my Life and Thought, where he presents his life as an enormous, purposefully constructed edifice, the cornerstone of which was the principle of Reverence for Life, and the almost inevitable outcome of which was the Nobel Peace Prize. To date, biographers, journalists, and hagiographers have told and retold the story of Schweitzer following this basic pattern with relatively little critical modification. Their Schweitzer was a man whose demeanour and charisma set him apart from other intellectual giants of his time. But not everything Schweitzer records in his autobiography corresponds with what is found in the archives and in his unpublished writings. It is on the basis of these historical sources and more recent publications that Oermann attempts to sketch a more realistic picture of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann draws on newly uncovered personal papers which shed light on Schweitzer's dealings with the East German authorities and his role in the anti-nuclear movement. He also builds on a number of interviews from those associated with Schweitzer, most notably his daughter.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Contents Introduction -- A sense of devotion : from the parsonage to theology (1875-1903) -- Saving the whole : from theology to Bach and then to medicine (1903-1912) -- The spiritual adventurer : from Strasbourg to the jungle and back again (1912-1917) -- It is good to preserve life : Alber Schweitzer's philosophy of civilization -- The iron door yields : crisis and breakthrough (1917-1932) -- With Central African greetings : the time of the Third Reich (1933-1945) -- Exorcising the ghost of the nuclear war : Schweitzer in the Cold War (1945-1957) -- How beautiful! The last years (1957-1965) -- Conclusion : myth and reality.
ISBN 9780191827020 (electronic bk.)
0191827029 (electronic bk.)
9780191087042 (e-book)
OCLC # 964643274
Additional Format Print version: Oermann, Nils Ole. Albert Schweitzer. First edition. Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017 9780198784227 0198784228 (OCoLC)946009930