Gottfried Keller's Estimate of Literary Men and Movements
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...Grosse mit Birchpfeifferscher Fulle und Haimscher Sussigkeit zu vereinen wissen," After this we find very little of interest concerning Hebbel in Keller's utterances. To be sure, after a silence of about twenty years, in 1877 Keller shows a rather sustained interest in the forthcoming "Hebbel Biographie" by Emil Kuh, with whom he was then in regular correspondence. But we see no traces of a nearer approach to a more sympathetic understanding or more tolerant appreciation of Hebbel. To be sure, Keller could not evade or avoid him. In his younger years, while still in Berlin, Keller had definitely planned a dramatic treatment of "Agnes Bernauer," and, as he confessed, intended thereby to attack both Hebbel and Melchior 17 Meyr at the same time. In 1874 he mentions this to Emil Kuh, and further explains:18 "Ich hfitte das bluhende Leben und das morderische Eingreifen in die Exposition verlegt und dann das tragische Wuten des Schnes gegen den Vater zum Hauptinhalt des Trauerspiels gemacht." 16. Er. II., 439. 17. Er. II., 322. That this ie an indication that Keller did not understand or comprehend Hebbel's purpose in this work cannot be asserted, but it is a clear indication that he did not like the turn and emphasis which Hebbel gave to this story. Keller's plan was never executed, and we are unable to make any further 11 inference. Furthermore, there is much ground for Bachtold's conjecture-9 that Hebbel's "Maria Magdalena" seems to be a sort of model or basis for Keller's dramatic fragment "Therese.' There are indeed a number of incidental similarities, but the differences, especially in tone, language, style, and dramatic confliot, are so great that we are not justified in drawing...
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