Scheffel ALS Romandichter; (Scheffel as a Novelist).

Scheffel ALS Romandichter; (Scheffel as a Novelist).

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...we remarked that the introduction to a novel must be so managed that interest shall be awakened from the very first page, and continue with increasing hold up to the highest level, the turning point in the story's development. To meet the conditions of its being, the novel must be dominated by an all-pervading interest. This is best conserved by making its structure follow the lines of dramatic narrative as regards beginning, climax, and conclusion. These must be adequately wrought out, satisfying both art and reason. From its very nature the historical novel may exert a unique interest, but this interest is subject to the regular methods of fiction. How does the plot of Kkkijtttnl meet these demands? Scheffel's first chapter is introduced in the conventional manner by a page or two of most delightful landscape description, not enough to tire, rather just enough to attract and charm. There in the midst of the Hegau we catch sight of the Hohentwiel looming through the-mist, and before us comes the haughty mistress of the land, --Hadwig, the Duchess of Swabia, --for whom the first chapter is named. A little conversation between her and her maid, then with the commanding words, "Morgen reisen wir!" the movement of the story begins, and the reader is eager to proceed. The line of dramatic procedure has been safely found. The onward march of the narrative is slow--the various supplementary incidents and parts must be brought in, but it is usually so skillfully done that the reader does not detect the delay, dbes not feel that the action is in any way retarded. Nowhere does the interest relax. From the visit to the monastery (Chapter II) to Ekkehard's arrival at the Duchess' castle (Chapter IV), which completes the introductions, the reader...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236551842
  • 9781236551849