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Schiller's Literary Prose Works


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Friedrich Schiller was a dramatist and poet for the ages, an important aesthetic theorist, and among Germany's first historians. But he left few works of literary prose behind -- seven short tales and fragments, almost all from early in his career -- and although they include some of his most resonant in his own time, they are largely overlooked today. Several of the pieces -- which include The Ghost-Seer, A Magnanimous Act from Most Recent History, The Criminal of Lost Honor: A True Story, A Curious Example of Female Vengeance, Duke Alba at Breakfast at Castle Rudolstadt, Play of Fate: A Fragment of a True Story, and Haoh-Kiöh-Tschuen -- have never before appeared in English translation. But they are a seminal link in the evolution of the then-nascent German novella. They exhibit the anthropological curiosity and moral confusion that made Schiller's first drama, The Robbers, a sensation, demonstrating an original artistry that justifies consideration of scholars and students today, on the eve of the 250th anniversary of his birth. New translations of the seven works appear here together with introductory critical essays.

Contributors: Jeffrey L. High, Nicholas Martin, Otto W. Johnston, Gail K. Hart, Dennis F. Mahoney; Translators: Francis Lamport, Ian Codding, Jeffrey L. High, Ellis Dye, Edward T. Larkin, Carrie Ann Collenberg

Jeffrey L. High is Associate Professor at California State University Long Beach.


Schiller's writings are indispensable, and here is their collection. GERMAN QUARTERLY

These accessible translations are a valuable addition to the Schiller corpus available in English, and Francis Lamport's consistently lucid Spiritualist stands out among them. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW

These engaging narratives, the shorter ones even more than the lengthy ones, merit scholarly attention and a wide readership. CHOICE


First Published: 01 Nov 2008
13 Digit ISBN: 9781571133847
Pages: 301
Size: 9 x 6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Camden House
BIC Class: DSB

Details updated on 16 Mar 2016


  • 1  Foreword
  • 2  Preface
  • 3  Introduction: Schiller and the German Novella
  • 4  A Magnanimous Act from Most Recent History (Friedrich Schiller, 1782))
  • 5  A Remarkable Example of Female Revenge (Taken from a Manuscript by the Late Denis Diderot) (Friedrich Schiller, 1785)
  • 6  The Criminal of Lost Honor. A True Story (Friedrich Schiller, 1786)
  • 7  Duke Alba's Breakfast at Rudolstadt Castle in the Year 1547 (Friedrich Schiller, 1788)
  • 8  Game of Fate. A Fragment of a True Story (Friedrich Schiller, 1789)
  • 9  The Spiritualist. From the Memoirs of Count von O** (Friedrich Schiller, 1789)
  • 10  The Philosophical Dialog from The Spiritualist (Friedrich Schiller, 1789)
  • 11  Haoh-Kiöh-Tschuen (The Tale of a Perfect Match) (Friedrich Schiller, 1800-1801)
  • 12  (A fragment of) A True Story (from most recent history): The Truth in Schiller's Literary Prose Works
  • 13  Playing with the Rules: Schiller's Experiments in Short Prose Fiction, 1782-1789
  • 14  Diderot and Schiller's "Revenge": From Parisian Parody to German Moral Fiction
  • 15  True Crime and Criminal Truth: Schiller's "The Criminal of Lost Honor"
  • 16  Der Geisterseher: A Princely Experiment or, the Creation of a "Spiritualist"
  • 17  Chronological List of Schiller's Literary Prose Works in English Translation

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