The Life and Works of Friedrich Hebbel

The Life and Works of Friedrich Hebbel

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...be only a station on his journey, Germany the ultimate goal. In many of his remarks we can notice that the limit of his suffering is almost reached. His long apprenticeship of failure and wretchedness must come to an end, or he will be lost. He did not demand much. "As a poet," he writes, "I shall never have the slightest influence on the masses." This did not discourage him. On the contrary, he expresses considerable contempt for the public. He does not relish the idea of his poems being "snuffed at by ox and ass--a terrible thought, by Heavens I"1 But he believed there was an audience waiting for him, and he knew the time had come when he must see more of the fruits of his work. He could no longer be content with his bare and lonely existence. He would not "sit in a corner in Germany." He therefore clearly states that his life must now at last either take an upward course or come to an end. He left Italy with misgivings, wondering whether life there had not unfitted him for his native land. Public conditions in Germany were also in a state of unrest that would render it the more difficult for him to obtain a hearing in his chosen field, since he could not write for the passing hour. He was not only out of funds, he was heavily in debt. All signs were lacking that his course was about to lead him upward. On the boat between Ancona and Triest the passengers speculated as to whether he had a half or a whole year to live. He seems to have had Berlin in view. The circumstance that favorable notice of his work had appeared in the Vienna Yearbook; edited by Deinhardtstein, determined him, however, to visit that city on his way northward. And thus, unwitting, he took the current where it served. 1 Hebbel, like...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236589432
  • 9781236589439