Enchanted Wanderer: The Life of Carl Maria von Weber

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APPENDIX I
Fürstenau on Weber's Treatment in London

The following able appraisal of Weber's reception by the English was occasioned by a suspicious letter from Court Counselor K. A. Böttiger of Dresden, a friend of the Webers, to Sir George Smart. Böttiger alluded to a report, "spread all over Germany, that Mr. Kemble did not act well with Mr. Weber. . . . All these things are no secret to us, and will be told over and over again in our papers."1 Smart turned over the letter to Fürstenau, who answered it with tact and skill.2

London, July 3, 1826.

My dear Sir and Friend,

Your letter to Sir George Smart has been kindly communicated to me by him, and I was greatly surprised to read that you, and, as you say, all Germany, have a false view of the circumstances between von Weber and C. Kemble. I, the impartial and constant companion of von Weber, may be permitted to prove to you the contrary, as I know everything pretty correctly from our late friend himself, and you will therefore allow me, my very worthy friend, to answer your letter point by point.

It is very praiseworthy of you to thank Sir George Smart, in the name of Frau von Weber, for his uncommon reception and entertainment of the deceased; only I should have wished to see it done even more cordially and gratefully, since I can assure you that Sir George Smart considered no sacrifice too great to serve him, not only during his lifetime but equally after his lamented death; as to the former, Weber himself constantly acknowledged it to me with emotion, and

[Numbers in brackets refer to corresponding numbers in the Bibliography.]

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1
Dresden, June 15, 1826. Lina professed to have no part in this tactless letter, but wrote to Smart in mid-July, after learning of his annoyance: "Are we not miserable enough? Must our friends by their endeavors to serve us render us still more wretched, and make us appear ungrateful in your eyes?" The entire correspondence appears in Smart [199], pp. 253-63.
2
The English translation by Göschen (in Smart, p. 255 f.) has been revised on the basis of L. Schmidt's publication of the original German in [218].

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Chapter I- Noisy Webers 3
  • Chapter II- Father and Son 19
  • Chapter III- Lad''s Will 38
  • Chapter IV- Stranger at the Erl-King''s Palace 53
  • Chapter V 65
  • Chapter VI- Further Search for the Blue Flower 80
  • Chapter VII- Pilgrim and Stranger 93
  • Chapter VIII- Soul in Bondage 115
  • Chapter IX- Wanderer''s Night Song 137
  • Chapter X- The Lovely Town 151
  • Chapter XI- Bridal Chorus 170
  • Chapter XII 179
  • Chapter XIII- The Great Year 188
  • Chapter XIV- Top of the Mountain 206
  • Chapter XV- Sister Euryanthe 219
  • Chapter XVI- Sehnsucht 238
  • Chapter XVII- Journey without End 249
  • Chapter XVIII- Weber in London 260
  • Chapter XIX- The Lonely Heart 279
  • Appendix I- Fürstenau on Weber''s Treatment in London 289
  • Appendix II- The Descendants of Franz Anton Weber''s First Marriage 292
  • Notes 299
  • A Weber Bibliography 321
  • Index 339
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