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Love at Last Sight: Dating, Intimacy, and Risk in Turn-of-the-Century Berlin

Tyler Carrington


Love at Last Sight is a history of dating in the modern metropolis. It opens with the seemingly simple question, “How did single people meet and fall in love in new big cities like Berlin at the turn of the century?” but what emerges from this investigation of daily newspapers, diaries, serial novels, advice literature, police records, and court cases is a world of dating and relationships that was anything but simple. The murder of Frieda Kliem, a young, enterprising seamstress who was using newspaper personal ads to find a husband—the story of which serves as the book’s central narrative—rev ... More

Keywords: dating, Berlin, personal ad, murder, missed connection, love, respectability, modern, metropolis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190917760
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190917760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tyler Carrington, author
Assistant Professor of German Studies and History, Cornell College