The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller

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CONTENTS
CHAPTER I
Parentage and Schooling
PAGE
Captain Schiller and his wife--Sojourn at Lorch--Traits of Friedrich's childhood--Removal to Ludwigsburg-- Karl Eugen, Duke of Württemberg--Impressions from court, theater and school--Poetic beginnings--Duke Karl's change of heart--Franziska von Hohenheim-- The Academy at Solitude--Schiller at the Academy-- School exercises--From law to medicine--Early poems and orations--An ardent friend--Books read and their effect--Dramatic plans--Dissertation rejected--Genesis of 'The Robbers'--Morbid melancholy--Release from the Academy--Value of the education received.1
CHAPTER II
The Robbers
General characterization--The Schubart story--Schiller and Schubart--The contrasted brothers--Comparison with Klinger and Leisewitz--Influence of Rousseau and Goethe--Unlike earlier attacks on the social order --Outlawry in the eighteenth century--The noble bandit in literature--Karl Moor's crazy ambition--His sentimentalism--Schiller's sympathy with his hero-- Character of Franz--Influence of Shakspere--Ethical attitude of Franz--A dull villain--Character of Amalia --The subordinate outlaws--A powerful stage-play-- Defects and merits31

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