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Friedrich Schiller

Playwright, Poet, Philosopher, Historian


Paul Kerry

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) absorbed the fertile ideas of the German Enlightenment, observed first-hand fresh developments in German Romanticism, and fostered one of Europe’s last great Classical movements. His insights into the human condition have endured and are as valuable now as they were when he first wrote. His characterisations of human nature remain compelling and his stylistic achievements in language continue to be admired and studied. His writing spanned many genres – poetry, prose, drama, history, philosophy – and includes a rich correspondence with Goethe. In this volume, an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars examines the many sides that Schiller displays. The contributors illuminate key facets of his ideas by organising his writing around his various vocations: his medical training; work as a poet, young dramatist, and author of literary prose; his tenure as a university professor and historian; the mutually productive partnership with Goethe; his philosophical writings; and his final years as a mature playwright. His afterlife, what Schiller has meant to Germans for two centuries, is also considered.
Contents: T.J. Reed: Schiller: Once More, with Feeling – Wolfgang Wittkowski: The Life – Charlotte M. Craig: The Doctor – Kevin Hilliard: The Poet – Lesley Sharpe: The Young Dramatist – Jeffrey L. High: The Author of Literary Prose – Paul E. Kerry: The Historian – David G. John: The Partnership – David Pugh: The Philosopher – Frederick Beiser: A Lament – Ritchie Robertson: Wallenstein – F.J. Lamport: The Master – Michael Billington: The German Shakespeare – Ute Frevert: The Afterlife: A Poet for Many German Nations – George Steiner: Schiller Two-Hundredth.