Stories, Poems and Meditations

Karl König

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  • A selection of creative work from Karl König, founder of the Camphill movement
  • Includes verses for specific occasions, twenty-four poems and short stories for both children and adults
  • An introductory essay gives unique insight into the historical context in which König was writing

Karl König, founder of the Camphill Movement, was also a prolific writer of stories, poems and meditative verses. This book collects a selection of his creative work alongside an insightful introductory essay, giving historical context to his writing.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Karl König Archive
272 pages
Publication date:
28 May 2020
Karl König Archive


Alongside his work with the Camphill movement, Karl König was a prolific writer of stories, poems and meditative verses. This book contains:

-- A selection of his creative work
-- Verses for specific occasions
-- Twenty-four poems
-- Four stories for children
-- Ten other short stories, including ‘Also a Christmas Story’

An extensive introductory essay explores the cultural environments in which König was writing -- including Vienna in the early twentieth century, and the challenging times leading up to the Second World War -- and discusses the creative development of his literary work.

Table of Contents

I Want the Meaning of Life
The Lyrical Work of Karl Konig
(Introduction by Alfons Limbrunner)
Editor's Note (Richard Steel)
Meditative Verses
Christmas 1944
Guardians of the Services
For the Goetheanum Windows
For the Children of Lake Farm
For the Friends in America
For Alfred Bergel
Untitled [1920]
Untitled [1921]
To You, Brother Proletarian!
For Albert Steffen's Pilgrimage to the Tree of Life
Calling Up
Untitled [for Tilla 1938]
For You
For Me
For Turner, the Great Painter
To Germany
Untitled [probably 1940]
For the Camphill Community
Pound and Dollar
Verse for the Human Being
Easter Morning
St John'’s Day
Whit Sunday
Eye and Ear
Calendar Verse [1961]
Calendar Verse [1962]
The Tourmaline Secret
One Last Poem? (Richard Steel)
Karl Konig's Last Poem
Stories for Children
Two Addresses for Children
Two Parables Arranged for Eurythmy
The Treasure in the Field
The Pearl in the Shell
Short Stories
The Bohemian-Moravian Brotherhood
The Monk's Dream
The Idle Tongue
Brother and Sister
Athena Parthenos
The Three Days
Christmas Past, Present and Future
A Highland Story
One Morning 1352 bc
Also a Christmas Story
Karl Konig'’s Christmas Story (a postscript by Richard Steel)


'There is much beauty in these meditative verses, and the profound sense for esoteric Christianity and the penetration of Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy sounds through these especially, sometimes in pure intimacy, sometimes loud and clear.
I would warmly like to recommended this book for all readers, not just for those familiar with the subject. '
-- Perspectives


Karl König (1902-66) was well-known as a physician, author and lecturer. He began his work at the Institute of Embryology at the University of Vienna. In 1940 he founded the Camphill Movement in Scotland. Based on Rudolf Steiner's insights into human development, the special education schools for children and villages for adults with special needs are now established in many parts of the world.

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