Langer, Susanne K.
- Connie C. Price
Langer, Susanne K. (20 December 1895–17 July 1985), philosopher, was born Susanne Katherina Knauth in New York City, the daughter of Antonio Knauth, an attorney, and Else Uhlich. Her parents had emigrated from Germany. Susanne attended Veltin School, a private school only a few blocks from their home on Manhattan’s West Side, and she was tutored at home. Throughout her youth, German was her primary language. Her childhood was rich with artistic exposure and development, especially in music. She learned to play the cello and the piano, and she continued with the cello for the rest of her life. Susanne acquired the habit of reciting the works of great poets as well as the traditional children’s rhymes and tales. She also wrote her own poems and stories, mainly to entertain her younger siblings, and she was an avid reader. “In my early teens, … I read ...