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The Life and Times of Rudolf Steiner

Volume 1: People and Places

September 2008
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    25th September 2008
  • ISBN 9780863156588
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.

Emil Bock lectured widely on Rudolf Steiner after the Second World War, and during the course of his research he uncovered many previously unknown aspects of Steiner's life. This book, the first of two volumes, explores the great range of people who surrounded and influenced Steiner.

From Steiner's youth, Bock tracked down the mysterious 'Felix the herb gatherer', and he goes on to describe the Viennese social circles and coffee houses frequented by Steiner in his student days. The book also includes Steiner's meeting with Friedrich Nietzsche, and the various literary, artistic and eccentric people from Steiner's time in Berlin.

This is the first part of a truly comprehensive and amazingly detailed portrait of Rudolf Steiner, continued in The Life and Times of Rudolf Steiner, Volume 2: Origin and Growth of His Insights.

C O N T E N T S:


1. The Search for Felix the Herb-gatherer
2. The Groupings of Destiny in Rudolf Steiner’s Vienna Decade (1879–89)
3. Figures Close to Rudolf Steiner in His Viennese Time
4. The Transition from Vienna to Weimar (1890–97)
5. Rudolf Steiner and Nietzsche’s Destiny: Clarity about Christianity
6. Rudolf Steiner in Berlin before the Turn of the Century
7. Rudolf Steiner in Berlin at the Turn of the Century
8. The Occult Movement in Germany at the End of the Nineteenth Century


Emil Bock

Emil Bock (1895–1959) was born in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1895. He studied German and modern languages at the University of Bonn and, after joining the army, was wounded at the war front in Flanders. In 1916, while still in the army, he met the famous evangelical preacher, Friedrich Rittelmeyer, in Berlin. After his release from the military, he studied Protestant theology in Berlin and later attended priest courses with Rudolf Steiner in Stuttgart and Dornach. With Rittelmeyer, Bock helped establish the Christian Community (the movement for religious renewal) in 1922 and soon became its leader, a position he held until his death. In November, 1922, Bock married Grete Seumer, with whom he had four children. He remained a priest, writer, and lecturer until his death in Stuttgart. Bock's many books include Genesis; Moses; Kings and Prophets; Caesars and Apostles, The Three Years; Saint Paul; and The Childhood of Jesus.