John BanvilleIn human chemistry, John Banville (1945-) is an Irish writer noted for his short 82-page 1982 novel The Newton Letter, which adopts aspects of German polymath Johann Goethe’s 1809 novella Elective Affinities and owes essential sentiments, as Banville notes himself, to Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s 1902 The Chandos Letter.

In regards to Elective Affinities similarities, in Banville’s version, the inhabitants of ‘Fern House’ are Edward, the often drunk master of the house; Charlotte, his wife, a tall, middle-aged woman with an abstracted air and a penchant for gardening; Ottilie, the big, blonde, twenty-four year old niece of Charlotte; and Michael, the adopted son of Edward and Charlotte.

1. (a) Banville, John. (1982). The Newton Letter. Secker & Warburg.
(b) Sharman, Gundula. (2002). Twentieth-Century Reworkings of German Literature: an Analysis of Six Fictional reinterpretations from Goethe to Thomas Mann (§6: Constellation of Character: Goethe’s Die Wahlverwandtschaften; Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s The Chandos Letter; and John Banville’s The Newton Letter, pgs. 151-74). Camden House.

External links
‚óŹ John Banville – Wikipedia.

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