Franz Grillparzer and the Austrian Drama

Franz Grillparzer and the Austrian Drama

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Franz Grillparzer and the Austrian Drama

Franz Grillparzer and the Austrian Drama

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The present volume owes its inception to two lectures on "Austrian Dramatists" delivered by the writer at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, in April, 1905. He has had reason to think that the subject might prove interesting to a more general audience, hence the lecture on Grillparzer has been expanded into the dimensions of a book, half biography, half translation, which he hopes may serve as an introduction to the study of the poet's works. How well Grillparzer deserves and repays close study, it has been the endeavor of the writer to show. He claims for his volume no higher merit than that of being, strange to say, the first attempt to acquaint American and English readers with the dramatist and the man. The translations are, as far as he is aware, the first English renderings, "Sappho" alone excepted, of any of the beauties of the original. The measure of space assigned to the various extracts from Grillparzer's plays is not intended to convey the writer's estimate of their respective merits. It has, however, seemed to him proper to select at least one of the plays for somewhat extended treatment. The play thus chosen, "Kónig Ottokar's Glüek und Ende," one of the most characteristic of the so-called Hapsburg dramas of the author, will, it is hoped, afford the reader a more accurate insight into Grillparzer's dramatic methods than would have been possible by more uniform quotations from each play.

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