The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction - German

German Fiction Selected by Charles W. Eliot, LL.D.

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Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 174,672 / 482 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.6
LoC Categories: PT, AC
Downloads: 965
Added to site: 2010.11.29
mnybks.net#: 29749
Origin: gutenberg.org
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ied his name on its blazing wings, not only over Germany, but into the remotest corners of Europe. The chief incident of this work had been suggested by a tragical catastrophe, which had occurred in his neighbourhood, during a residence at Wetzlar: the emotions and delineations which give life to it; the vague impassioned longing, the moody melancholy, the wayward love and indignation, the soft feeling and the stern philosophy, which characterize the hero, he had drawn from his own past or actual experience.

The works just mentioned, though noble specimens of youthful talent, are still not so much distinguished by their intrinsic merits, as by their splendid fortune. It would be difficult to name two books which have exercised a deeper influence on the subsequent literature of Europe than these two performances of a young author; his first fruits, the produce of his twenty-fourth year. "Werther" appeared to seize the hearts of men in all quarters of the world, and to utter for them the word which they

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