A Village Romeo and Juliet (Swiss-German Classics)

A Village Romeo and Juliet (Swiss-German Classics)

By (author) Gottfried Keller , Translated by Paul Bernard Thomas , Preface by John Albrecht Walz

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Love is necessarily an important element in all imaginative literature, but with Gottfried Keller it does not overshadow all other aspects of life. Great passion we do not find in his works. In "A Village Romeo and Juliet," it is not ill-consuming love that makes the two young people seek death, but the bitter realization of life's law, as they understood it, which made it impossible for them ever to be united. The story is a fine illustration of what a great artist may make out of his raw material. Keller had read in a newspaper a report of the suicide of two young people, the sort of tragedy that we may read almost daily in newspapers; he seized upon the possibilities of the situation and the result was this story, perhaps the best he ever wrote. --- Gottfried Keller (1819-1890) was one of the foremost Swiss novelists and one of the most original figures of German literature since Goethe, a master of style worthy to be classed with the great names of all ages. (John Albrecht Walz)

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
  • 30 Jan 2008
  • Mondial
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1595690794
  • 9781595690791
  • 1,945,814

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