Illustrated by Paul Klee
Novalis is one of the towering figures of German Romanticism. The Novices of Sais is a Romantic meld of poetry, philosophy, and transcendental journey. At once revolutionary yet profoundly simple, Novalis’s reverence for the natural world pours out of every page. Translated into French in 1925, it was embraced by artists and poets alike and was often quoted by the Surrealists. Paul Klee’s drawings were inspired by this visionary exploration of the inner life of modern humankind.