Schiller's Literary Prose Works: New Translations and Critical Essays (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture)

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9781571133847: Schiller's Literary Prose Works: New Translations and Critical Essays (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture)

Schiller's writings are indispensable, and here is their collection. GERMAN QUARTERLY These accessible translations are a valuable addition to the Schiller corpus available in English, and Francis Lamport's consistently lucid Spiritualist stands out among them. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW These engaging narratives, the shorter ones even more than the lengthy ones, merit scholarly attention and a wide readership. CHOICE

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Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) was a dramatist and poet for the ages, an important aesthetic theorist, and was among Germany's first historians. But he left relatively few works of literary prose behind -- seven tales and fragments, all relatively short, composed almost exclusively in his first decade as a published author -- and although they include some of his most resonant in his own time, they are largely overlooked today. Several of the works -- which are The Ghost-Seer, A Magnanimous Act from Most Recent History, The Criminal of Lost Honor: A True Story, A Curious Example of Female Vengeance, Duke Alba at Breakfast at Castle Rudolstadt, Play of Fate: A Fragment of a True Story, and Haoh-Kiöh-Tschuen -- have never before been published in English translation, although they represent a seminal link in the evolution of the then-nascent German novella. Schiller experimented in them with the same anthropological curiosity and moral confusion that made his first drama, The Robbers, a sensation, demonstrating an original artistry that makes the works worthy of the literary-historical consideration of scholars and students today, on the eve of the 250th anniversary of his birth. New translations of the seven works appear here together with introductory critical essays, an editor's introduction, and a preface by perhaps the leading English-language Schiller scholar, Leslie Sharpe of the University of Exeter, UK. Contributors: Jeffrey L. High, Nicholas Martin, Otto W. Johnston, Gail K. Hart, Dennis F. Mahoney; Translators: Francis Lamport, Ian Codding, Jeffrey L. High, Ellis Dye, Edward T. Larkin, Carrie Ann Collenberg Jeffrey L. High is associate professor at California State University Long Beach.

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