These twelve essays, all in English, include studies on Shakespeare, Schiller, Goethe, Chamisso, Hauptmann, Mann, and Brach. The selection was made by the author himself, an eminent American Germanist recently retired from Yale University. Penetrating and precise, each essay achieves what he has attempted to make it, "an adventure in empathy, in critical distance, and in expression."
Originally published in 1966.
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Table of Contents
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- Foreword, pg. v
- Preface, pg. vii
- Contents, pg. ix
- The Two and Seventy Languages of the World, pg. 1
- Flamenca. A Post-Arthurian Romance of Courtly Love, pg. 25
- Shakespeare in German Criticism, pg. 55
- Schiller: Transfiguration of a Titan, pg. 73
- Oedipus Rex and Die Braut von Messina, pg. 124
- Illustrations to Highlight Some Points in Schiller’s Essay on Poetry, pg. 164
- Goethe’s Faust. An Introduction for Students and Teachers of General Literature, pg. 175
- Peter Schlemihl, pg. 208
- Gerhart Hauptmann’s Range as Dramatist, pg. 223
- Thomas Mann’s Gregorius: Der Erwählte, pg. 243
- Thoughts on the Passing of Thomas Mann, pg. 290
- Hermann Broch’s Death of Vergil: Program Notes, pg. 308
- Bibliography of the Writings of Hermann J. Weigand, pg. 345
- Index of Names and Titles, pg. 351