By Nils Ole Oermann
This biography presents a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and regarded 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, surgeon, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's existence used to be no longer a immediately direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the medical institution in Lambarene, and finishing with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In each existence there are highs and lows, victories and defeats, and Schweitzer's lifestyles used to be no exception. those ups and downs, although, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my existence and proposal, the place he offers his lifestyles as a tremendous, purposefully built edifice, the cornerstone of which used to be the primary of Reverence for all times, and the just about inevitable final result of which used to be 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 severe amendment. Their Schweitzer was once a guy whose manner and air of mystery set him except different highbrow giants of his time. yet now not every thing Schweitzer documents in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the information and in his unpublished writings. it really is at the foundation of those old assets and newer courses that Oermann makes an attempt to comic strip a extra life like photo of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German experts and his function within the anti-nuclear stream. He additionally builds on a couple of interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, such a lot significantly his daughter. Read more...
summary: This biography offers a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and considered Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann bargains a close account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who used to be a theologian, organist, thinker, health care professional, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's existence was once no longer a instantly direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the health facility 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 was once no exception. those ups and downs, even if, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my lifestyles and notion, the place he provides his lifestyles as a big, purposefully developed edifice, the cornerstone of which used to be the main of Reverence for all times, and the virtually inevitable consequence of which used to be the Nobel Peace Prize. so far, biographers, newshounds, and hagiographers have informed and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this uncomplicated development with fairly 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 thing Schweitzer files in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the records and in his unpublished writings. it truly is at the foundation of those historic assets and newer guides that Oermann makes an attempt to comic strip a extra lifelike photo of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German gurus and his position within the anti-nuclear circulation. He additionally builds on a couple of interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, so much significantly his daughter
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Although he was already a gifted organist, his uncle, a businessman in Paris, gave him the opportunity to receive individual instruction from the famous organist Charles-Marie Widor, who had taken over the organ course at the Conservatoire in Paris from César Franck in 1890. Schweiter’s relationship with this teacher would grow steadily closer, ending only with Widor’s death in 1937, and make Schweitzer one of the great organists and organ scholars of his time. Thanks to the instruction he received from Widor, Schweitzer was to advance from a talented organist to a celebrated interpreter of Bach’s organ music.
26 After transferring to the grammar school in Mulhouse, he earned mediocre marks. His parents were able to afford this school only with the help of the grandfather’s half-brother, Louis Schweitzer, who lived in Mulhouse. He and his wife Sophie were childless, and they offered to take Albert in free of charge. 27 Since the secondary school in Munster did not teach Latin, there were some problems for a village boy going on to study at a grammar school in the bigger city. Schweitzer needed to make up for this lack of knowledge, and his early marks sowed doubt as to whether the money put into sending him to school had been altogether wisely spent.
Learning to read and write was far from easy for him,21 as he was never one to sit around indoors, and he wanted to be one of the village boys and be accepted by them. When, in an attempt not to stand out, he refused to wear gloves and leather shoes instead of the mittens and wooden clogs the OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 30/8/2016, SPi A Sense of Devotion 11 poorer children wore, his father boxed his ears. 22 Albert’s rebellion was unsuccessful. He conformed to his parents’ expectations and ate the despised broth while trying to ﬁt in with his village friends, although only to the extent he could justify to himself—as on the bird hunt that morning.
Albert Schweitzer : a biography by Nils Ole Oermann