Schiller's Literary Prose Works: New Translations and Critical Essays

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Friedrich Schiller was a dramatist and poet for the ages, an important aesthetic theorist, and among Germany's first historians. But he left few works of literary prose behind - seven tales and novel fragments, almost all from early in his career - and although they include some of his most resonant in his own time, they are largely overlooked today. Seven of the pieces have never before appeared in English translation. However, they are a seminal link in the evolution of the then-nascent German novella. They ...

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Overview

Friedrich Schiller was a dramatist and poet for the ages, an important aesthetic theorist, and among Germany's first historians. But he left few works of literary prose behind - seven tales and novel fragments, almost all from early in his career - and although they include some of his most resonant in his own time, they are largely overlooked today. Seven of the pieces have never before appeared in English translation. However, they are a seminal link in the evolution of the then-nascent German novella. They exhibit the anthropological curiosity and moral confusion that made Schiller's first drama, The Robbers, a sensation, demonstrating an original artistry that justifies 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. A foreword by eminent Schiller scholar Lesley Sharpe and an editor's introduction on Schiller and the German novella provide context for the volume.

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Foreword Lesley Sharpe Sharpe, Lesley

Preface Jeffrey L. High High, Jeffrey L.

Introduction Schiller and the German Novella Jeffrey L. High High, Jeffrey L. 1

The Translations

1 A Magnanimous Act from Most Recent History ( 1782) 9

2 A Remarkable Example of Female Revenge (Taken from a Manuscript by the late Denis Diderot) (1785) 12

3 The Criminal of Lost Honor. A True Story (1786) 39

4 The Duke of Alba's Breakfast at Rudolstadt Castle in the Year 1547 (1788) 56

5 Game of Fate. A Fragment of a True Story (1789) 59

6 The Spiritualist. From the Memoirs of Count von O* * (1789) 67

7 The Philosophical Dialog from The Spiritualist (1789) 150

8 Haoh-Kioh-Tschuen (The Tale of a Perfect Match) (1800-1801) 169

The Critical Essays

9 (A fragment of) A True Story (from most recent history): The Truth in Schiller's Literary Prose Works Jeffrey L. High High, Jeffrey L. 173

10 Playing with the Rules: Schiller's Experiments in Short Prose Fiction, 1782-1789 Nicholas Martin Martin, Nicholas 188

11 Diderot and Schiller's "Revenge": From Parisian Parody to German Moral Education Otto W. Johnston Johnston, Otto W. 202

12 True Crime and Criminal Truth: Schiller's "The Criminal of Lost Honor" Gail K. Hart Hart, Gail K. 222

13 Der Geisterseher: A Princely Experiment or, the Creation of a "Spiritualist" Dennis F. Mahoney Mahoney, Dennis F. 234

Chronological List of Schiller's Literary Prose Works in English Translation 251

Works Cited 253

Notes on the Contributors 261

Index 263

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