A portrait of Kaspar Hauser showing how he looked in the first year after his release
The Colour of Darkness
being an account of the life and times of
the Nuremberg foundling, KASPAR HAUSER.
This is work in progress and contains two
strands: on the one hand it is a detailed biography
of the Nuremberg foundling, Kaspar Hauser; on
the other hand, it is a sketch of the political and
cultural events and personalities of his times, portrayed
in tandem with the different phases of his short life.
The purpose of this is twofold:
first, it is to show
the clear parallels between this extraordinary
phenomenon and the rise and fall of what we now
call 'Romanticism'; secondly, it is to enable readers
to judge for themselves what contribution this individual
might have made to his times, had he not been treated
the way he was, suffering what was called by his
first biographer 'soul murder'.
Kaspar Hauser in the portrait commissioned by Lord Stanhope