Hans Breitmann's Ballads

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Courier Corporation, 1965 - Humor - 260 pages
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Immediately after the Civil War, Leland’s broken-English ballads on the life and adventures of "Hans Breitmann," a fictitious German-American, achieved international popularity and held it for several generations. Complete 1914 edition of these verses.
 

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
8
Section 4
10
Section 5
12
Section 6
18
Section 7
27
Section 8
30
Section 19
97
Section 20
103
Section 21
129
Section 22
164
Section 23
175
Section 24
184
Section 25
197
Section 26
214

Section 9
32
Section 10
38
Section 11
41
Section 12
55
Section 13
57
Section 14
62
Section 15
67
Section 16
72
Section 17
85
Section 18
89
Section 27
227
Section 28
237
Section 29
262
Section 30
264
Section 31
266
Section 32
268
Section 33
272
Section 34
274
Section 35
275
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About the author (1965)

Charles Godfrey Leland was born in Philadelphia on August 15, 1824, the eldest child of commission merchant Charles Leland and his wife Charlotte. Leland loved reading and language. When he moved to Europe to study law, he became intrigued with German culture, gypsy lore, the language of Romany, and Shelta, an ancient dialect spoken by Irish and Welsh gypsies. After his law studies were completed, Leland became a journalist, working for such periodicals as P.T. Barnum's Illustrated News, Vanity Fair, and Graham's Magazine. The mid-to-late 1850s were very eventful for Leland; he published his first book, Meister Karl's Sketch-Book in 1855 and married Eliza Bella Fisher in 1856. What probably clinched his fame was "Hans Breitmann's Party" a German dialect poem that he wrote under the pen name Hans Breitmann and that captured the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect and humor. While he was best known for his essays, poetry, and humor, Leland also firmly believed that the industrial arts were the keys to a good education, and he wrote many textbooks on the subject. Leland spent most of the latter part of his life in Europe, writing a wealth of books. He died in Florence, Italy, on March 20, 1903.

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