The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller

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Cabal anb Love
General characterization--English Beginnings of bourgeois tragedy-'Miss Sara Sampson'--Development of the tragedy of social conflict--Love in the age of sentimentalism--Rousseau and the social conflict--Wagner and Lenz--Diderot's 'Father of the Family'--Gemmingen's 'Head of the House'--Evolution of Schillet's plan--Debt to predecessors--Hints from Wagner and Lessing and 'Siegwart'--Weakness of the tragic conclusion--Character of Louise--Her religious sentimentalism--Fearsomeness--Lack of mother-wit--A cold heroine--Character of Ferdinand--Sentimental extravagance--Father and son--Prototypes of President von Walter112
Theater Poet in Mannbeim
Mannheim in 1783 -- Dalberg and his theater--The situation on Schiller's arrival--Letter to Frau von Wolzogen--Contract with Dalberg--Illness and disappointments--Pecuniary troubles--'Fiesco' on the stage-- Triumph of 'Cabal and Love'--Critical notices--Discourse on the theater--Contract with Dalberg not renewed -- Disappointments and distractions -- Relations to women--Charlotte von Kalb--The poems 'Resignation' and 'Radicalism of Passion'--A friendly message from Leipzig--Project of the Rhenish Thalia --Honored by the Duke of Weimar--Unhappiness and longing for friendship--Escape from Mannheim137
The Boon of friendship
Gottfried Köner and the Stock sisters--Huber--Schiller's arrival in Leipzig--A proposal of marriage--Sojourn at


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