Career overview[ edit ] Carpeaux was born Otto Karpfen in in Vienna , Austria-Hungary , to a Jewish family, and lived there until At the age of 20, he enrolled at the University of Vienna to study Law. In , he received a PhD in letters and philosophy and began working as a journalist. Later, he also studied exact sciences and mathematics in Leipzig , sociology and philosophy in Paris , comparative literature in Naples , and politics in Berlin.
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Carpeaux was born in in Vienna, Austria, to a Jewish family, and lived there until In the University of Vienna he studied exact sciences and received his PhD in chemistry with a work concerning the brain, and possibly also a degree in physics. Later he studied sociology and philosophy in Paris, comparative literature in Naples, politics in Berlin and, supposedly, mathematics in Leipzig. At some point in his life, Karpfen converted to Christianity, adding the Maria to his name and using Fidelis as his surname for some time.
This conversion was evident in his political books such as Wege Otto Maria Carpeaux March 9, — February 3, , born Otto Karpfen, was a Brazilian literary critic born in Austria and multilingual scholar.
This conversion was evident in his political books such as Wege Nach Rom and his thinking, and led to his participation in the right-wing government of Engelbert Dollfuss. He stayed there for about a year and then went to Brazil, where he changed his last name to Carpeaux.
At first, he was given a simple rural job, but eventually, through newspapers, he became an established literary critic, introducing writers such as Franz Kafka and Robert Musil to Brazilian audiences, along with the literary criticism of Wilhelm Dilthey, Benedetto Croce, Walter Benjamin and others. It was written over a period of two years with a limited amount of research; the author depended primarily on his memory. The book also include more than 8, brief criticisms and expositions of the majority of the figures discussed along the way, minus the ones cited in passing; all are dealt with in their original languages, both in expositions and quotations and in the bibliography offered.
The total bibliographical amount of cited works is on the merge of 30, books or more. After a transition to the Brazilian left, marked by his fight against the military dictatorship that came to power in , Carpeaux abandoned his literary writings by , although he participated in an encyclopedia called Mirador. He died of a heart attack in Recently, his essays have been compiled by Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho, with an added introduction.
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