Der Gestiefelte Kater: Puss-In-Boots

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University of Texas Press, Jan 1, 1974 - 137 pages

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While many representatives of the romantic movement in Germany led short, troubled lives, often burning themselves out in a period of frenzied creativity, the robust Ludwig Tieck lived to become a patriarch of German letters. He not only wrote in a vast variety of forms, but also acted as a publicist for his more temperamental friends such as Wilhelm Heinrich Wachenroder and Novalis. In addition, he helped call attention to the literary value of previously neglected German chapbooks and fairy tales. During his lifetime, Tieck was often celebrated as the successor to Goethe. Much of his work has now fallen into neglect, and he is remembered above all as the author of literary fairy tales such as "Fair-haired Eckbert" (1797) and the "Runenberg" (1804). Thesestories convey the sort of terror which the romantic tradition has often associated with insight into the nature of reality. In addition, they anticipate Freudian psychology, particularly with respect to defense mechanisms such asrepression.

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