Schiller - Vol. 1

By Eugen Kühnemann; Katharine Royce | Go to book overview

INTRODUCTION

I PERFORM a duty, and enjoy a privilege, when I offer a few words intended to aid in introducing Professor Kühnemann's "Schiller" to American readers. These volumes must speak for themselves. But it is not out of place to point out the general sense in which they fill a place heretofore vacant in our own literature.

Frequently as Schiller's person and work have been discussed in English, we have, I believe, no recent book, written in our own language, which so adequately deals with the literary, the critical, the philosophical, the æsthetic, and the ethical aspects of Schiller's person and lifework, and which also, while dealing with all these topics together, treats them from so distinctively modern and so distinctively philosophical a point of view. Professor Kühnemann's "Schiller" is, in the best sense, contemporary in its spirit and in the range of its scholarship. The view of Schiller which is here presented is no mere repetition of conventional opinion about him; but is equally no effort to estimate him in terms of the passing fashions of the day. What features are most characteristic of Professor

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