In Hölderlin, Peter Weiss recreates the life and revolutionary times of one of Germany’s greatest
and most influential poets, Frederich Hölderlin. ‘I wanted,’ Weiss wrote, ‘to describe something
of the conflict that arises in a person who suffers to the point of madness from the injustices,
the humiliations in his society, who completely supports the revolutionary upheavals, and yet
does not find the praxis with which the misery can be remedied . . .’ As Robert Cohen notes in
his introduction, ‘As a theater of the senses, Hölderlin is a successor to Marat/Sade.'
Peter Ulrich Weiss (1916–82) was a German playwright, novelist, filmmaker and painter. His
works include the play Marat/Sade and The New Trial and the novels The Shadow of the Body
of the Coachman and The Conversation of the Three Walkers. The Georg Büchner Prize was
awarded to Weiss posthumously in 1982.
Jon Swan is the author of two collections of poems, Journeys and Return and A Door to the
Forest, and a collection of one-act plays, a number of which were performed off-Broadway and