The End.--Unfinished Plays, Translations and
Es stürzt ihn mitten in der Bahn,
Es reiszt ihn fort vom vollen Leben.
OUR story of Schiller's life draws to a close. After the completion of 'William Tell' his tireless energy of production found its next theme in the story of Dmitri, the reputed son of Ivan the Terrible. Just how and whence the suggestion came to him is unknown, but the connection of things is patent enough in a general way. Far-reaching intrigues in high life had always had a fascination for him, and recent studies undertaken for 'Warbeck' had interested him in the type of the pretender whose kingly bearing seems to betoken kingly blood. In a work upon Russia,--a land which had been brought closer to the Schiller household by the appointment of Wilhelm von Wolzo gen as Weimarian envoy to the Czar,--he read anew the history of the 'false Dmitri', and was struck by its dramatic capabilities. In 'Warbeck' he had thought to portray a pretender who knew that his claims were fraudulent; in Dmitri he found one who believed in himself. The psychological problem, and the idea of conquering an entirely new territory for the German
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Publication information: Book title: The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller. Contributors: Calvin Thomas - Author. Publisher: Henry Holt. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1904. Page number: 423.