The Life and Times of Rudolf Steiner

Volume 1: People and Places

Emil Bock; Translated by Lynda Hepburn

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A truly comprehensive portrait of Steiner and those who surrounded him, including student days in Vienna and his time in Berlin.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Philosophy of Human Life; Art & Literature
16 b/w photographs
192 pages
Publication date:
25 Sep 2008


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. Volume 2: Origin and Growth of His Insights will be published in spring 2009.


'A fascinating book for those who would like to find out more about Steiner's early background.'
-- David Lorimer, Scientific and Medical Network Review

'An interesting feature is the intimate glimpse it provides into the mysterious old-world sensibilities and consciousness of the times in which Stenier lived' -- The Beacon Jan/Feb 2010


Emil Bock (1895–1959) was one of the founders of the Christian Community in 1922, and led the movement from 1938 until his death.

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