The National Quarterly Review Volume . 6

The National Quarterly Review Volume . 6

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...of his mother. But the reverse was true of the subject of these pages. Schiller was peculiarly blessed in having so excellent a woman for his mother. It is agreed by all his contemporaries, and it was always gratefully admitted by himself, that she was his guiding star; that it was she who taught him to form opinions of his own, and to admire, study, and imitate nature. Dr. Hoffmeister, who may be called his Boswell as well as his biographer, tells us that he had scarcely any resemblance, physical or intellectual, to his father, but that he was remarkably like his mother in both respects. She was earnest and enthusiastic; so was he; she was of a mild and affectionate disposition; so was he. In form, she was tall and slender; she had light hair, and weak but large eyes, and broad forehead; her countenance was marked by a tinge of melancholy, which, however, only served to render her more interesting; and who that is familiar with any faithful portrait of the author of William Tell, will not admit how nearly the description of the mother is applicable to her illustrious son? She was a woman of considerable culture, and poetry was her favorite study. Some say that she wrote some pieces herself that possessed considerable merit. Be this as it may, it was she who first gave him a taste for poetry. But we must not pass over the time and place of his birth, for it is generally believed that both had a considerable influence on his destiny. This will be explained as we proceed, but not now; for we are not yet done with the influence of the poet's mother. He was born at Marbach, a small town in Wurtemberg, on the 10th of November, 1759. Naturally pious herself, his mother was anxious that her son should be the same. "With this view, she placed him...show more

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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236517555
  • 9781236517555