Eduard von Keyserling
Keyserling was born at Schloss Tels-Paddern (now in Aizpute Municipality), Courland Governorate, within the Russian Empire, now Kalvene parish, Liepaja District, Latvia. He belonged to an ancient family of Baltic German nobility and was a cousin of the philosopher Hermann Keyserling. He died in Munich, Bavaria.
Keyserling's early novels Fräulein Rosa Herz. Eine Kleinstadtliebe (1887) and Die dritte Stiege (1892) were influenced by Naturalism. His essays on general and cultural questions, like his theater plays, are forgotten. His narrative, novellas and novels, after 1902, place Keyserling at the forefront of German literary Impressionism.
A subtle and elegant stylist, Keyserling's narrative is unforgettable for its evocative ambience and "feel". His most emblematic work is perhaps Fürstinnen (Princesses), only superficially related to the typical German 19th century Schlossroman. Somehow midway between Ivan Turgenev and Franz Kafka, there is a certain pessimistic kinship between Keyserling and Anton Chekhov.
- Fräulein Rosa Herz- Eine Kleinstadtliebe (Miss Pink heart. A small town love) (1887)
- Die dritte Stiege (The third staircase) (1892)
- Die schwarze Flasche (1902)
- Beate und Mareille. Eine Schloßgeschichte (1903)
- Schwüle Tage (1904)
- Seine Liebeserfahrung (1906)
- Dumala (1908)
- Bunte Herzen (1909)
- Wellen (1911)
- Abendliche Häuser (1914)
- Im stillen Winkel (1914)
- Nicky (1914)
- Am Südhang (1914/16)
- Fürstinnen (1917)
- Feierstagskinder (1918)
- Gesammelte Erzählungen, ed. E. Heilborn, 4 Bde., Frankfurt a.M.1971-1973
Regarding personal names: Graf was a title, translated as Count, not a first or middle name. Before 1919 preceding the first name, former titles are with people alive after 1919 dependent parts of the surname, thus preceding the main surname and not to be translated. The female form is Gräfin.
- Richard A. Koc, The German Gesellschaftsroman at the Turn of the Century. A Comparison of the Works of Theodor Fontane and Eduard von Keyserling; (= EHSchr 1, 542); Bern 1982
- Richard A. Weber, Color and light in the writings of Eduard von Keyserling; (= Studies in modern German literature 39); New York 1990