The Works of Frederick Schiller: Historical Dramas, Etc

The Works of Frederick Schiller: Historical Dramas, Etc

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The Works of Frederick Schiller: Historical Dramas, Etc

The Works of Frederick Schiller: Historical Dramas, Etc

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The present volume forms the third of the Standard Library edition of Schiller’s works, and comprises four of his most admired dramas.

Don carlos is translated by R. D. Boylan, Esq., and, in the opinion of competent judges, the version is eminently successful. Mr. Theodore Martin kindly assisted the publisher m conducting it through the press, and, it is but justice to state, has enhanced the value of the work by his judicious suggestions. This play, from its great length and difficulty, has been a source of considerable anxiety to the several partiea concerned, but, it is hoped, not without a satisfactory result.

Mary stuart is the translation of the late Joseph Mellish, Esq., who appears to have been on terms of intimate friendship with Schiller*; and mentions, in his preface, that he was commissioned to introduce this tragedy on the English Stage. His version was made from the prompter’s copy, before the play was published, and, like Coleridge’s Wallenstein, contains many passages not found in the printed edition. These curious and interesting morceaux are distinguished by brackets. On the other hand, Mr. Mellish omits many passages which now form part of the printed drama, all of which are added. the translation, as a whole, stands out from its compeers of the time (1800) in almost as marked a degree as Coleridge’s Wallenstein, and some passages exhibit powers of a high order; a few, however, especially in the earlier scenes, seemed capable of improvement, and these have been revised, but, in deference to the translator, with a very sparing hand.

Mr. Mellish was an Etonian, the schoolfellow, and, in after life, the
friend and companion of Canning and Frere. With these distinguished
scholars he assisted to plan and support that ingenious miscellany the Micro
cosm
, published at Eton, in 1786-7, by Mr. Charles Knight, father of the
present well known publisher. Mr. Mellish, in his maturer years, held the
Appointment of Consul-General at Hamburgh, and, during that period, ac
quired the friendship and esteem of many of the German literati, especially
Goethe, who has dedicated a poem to him.

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