The Second Literature

With the publication of Concluding Unscientific Postscript, which posed the problem of the whole authorship, namely how to become a Christian, Kierkegaard thought that he had reached the end of his career as a writer. On the contrary, this work became 'the turning point' that initiated a new burst of writing, often referred to as his 'second literature' (PV 55).72 Most of these works were explicitly religious and/or Christian in character and were published in his own name as author except for a few that presented Christianity in its strictest, most ideal sense, thus representing an existential position higher than he personally embodied. This flood of new writings, some of which were published posthumously or not at all, included: Two Ages: A Literary Review (1846), The Book on Adler (1846/7), 'The Single Individual': Two 'Notes' Concerning My Work as an Author (1846-9), Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits (1847), Works of Love (1847), Christian Discourses (1848), The Crisis and a Crisis in the Life of an Actress (1848), The Point of View for My Work as an Author (1848), Armed Neutrality (1848-9), The Lily in the Field and the Bird of the Air: Three Devotional Discourses (1849), Two Ethical-Religious Essays (1849), The Sickness unto Death (1849), Three Discourses at the Communion on Fridays (1849), Practice in Christianity (1850), An Upbuilding Discourse (1850), An Open Letter (1851), Two Discourses at the Communion on Fridays (1851), On My Work as an Author (1851), For Self-Examination (1851), and Judge for Yourself! (1851/2). This phenomenal outpouring then ceased for three years until 1854, when Kierkegaard suddenly burst into print again with a series of polemical articles against the state church in a local newspaper and serial pamphlet called The Moment which he published himself. His authorship ended shortly before his death in 1855 with the publication of What Christ Judges of Official Christianity and The Changelessness of God.

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