Romanticism and the Romantic School in Germany

Romanticism and the Romantic School in Germany

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Romanticism and the Romantic School in Germany

Romanticism and the Romantic School in Germany

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This book deals with the past and with the present, with the Romantic School in Germany and with Romanticism as a phase in human life.

There is only one work in the English language which treats the Romantic School in Germany in any comprehensive manner. It is a comparatively recent translation (1902) of George Brandes' work, Den Romantische Skole I Tyskland, a noteworthy book, distinguished by originality of conception and treatment, as are most of the products that have come from the pen of this gifted critic. It is through this book that the English speaking world of to-day is molding its ideas in matters of German Romanticism. Since its first appearance in Denmark and in Germany, in 1873, a vast historical and critical literature dealing with one or another phase of Romanticism has arisen. The new historical facts gathered during the last thirty-five years have greatly diminished the value of Brandes' work for us to day. Also, it must be stated that Brandes' method of treatment and attitude of mind led him often to sacrifice truth to picturesqueness of style, and judicious judgment to an unhidden antipathy to things romantic. I have endeavored to avoid all disputes; hence neither George Brandes nor the names of other critics with whom I happen to disagree will appear in the following pages. It will be found, however, that I differ from George Brandes in many important points.

In one matter we must from the outset take a decided stand. It has to do with the title, "The Romantic School in Germany." Much confusion prevails in England and America concerning this title,--a confusion early introduced, in particular through Heine's Die Romantische Schule . . .

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