Essays on Modern Novelists

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VII
HERMANN SUDERMANN

WALKING along Michigan Avenue in Chicago one fine day, I stopped in front of the recently completed hall devoted to music. On the façade of this building had been placed five names, supposed to represent the five greatest composers that the world has thus far seen. It was worth while to pause a moment and to reflect that those five men were all Germans. Germany's contribution to music is not only greater than that of any other nation, it is probably greater than that of all the other countries of the earth put together, and multiplied several times. In many forms of literary art, -- especially perhaps in drama and in lyrical poetry, -- Germany has been eminent; and she has produced the greatest literary genius since Shakespeare. To-day the Fatherland remains the intellectual workshop of the world; men and women flock thither to study subjects as varied as Theology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Music. All this splendid achievement in science and in culture makes poverty in the field of prose fiction all the more remarkable. For the

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • I - WILLIAM DE MORGAN 1
  • II - THOMAS HARDY 33
  • III - WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS 56
  • IV - BJÖRNSTJERNE BJÖRNSON 82
  • V Mark Twain 99
  • VI - HENRYK SIENKIEWICZ 115
  • VII - HERMANN SUDERMANN 132
  • III - ALFRED OLLIVANT 159
  • IX - ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON 172
  • X - MRS. HUMPHRY WARD 191
  • XI - RUDYARD KIPLING 208
  • XII - "LORNA DOONE" 229
  • Appendix A - NOVELS AS A UNIVERSITY STUDY 245
  • APPENDIX B - THE TEACHER'S ATTITUDE TOWARD CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE 252
  • APPENDIX C - TWO POEMS 258
  • LIST OF PUBLICATIONS 261
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