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Page 113 - It appears to me that the air of this country does not suit you ; as for us, we are, fortunately, not yet reduced to seeking models amongst the people you so much admire. Your last work is not French.
Page ix - The central subject of this work is, then, the reaction in the first decades of the nineteenth century against the literature of the eighteenth, and the vanquishment of that reaction. This historic incident is of European interest, and can only be understood by a comparative study of European literature. Such a study I purpose attempting by simultaneously tracing the course of the most important movements in French, German, and English literature.
Page ix - This historic incident," he says, " is of European interest, and can only be understood by a comparative study of European literature. Such a study I purpose attempting by simultaneously tracing the course of the most important movements in French, German, and English literature. The comparative view possesses the double advantage of bringing foreign literature so near to us that we can assimilate it and of removing our own until we are enabled to see it in its true perspective.
Page 113 - ... for seven or eight days. I beg you will make that time sufficient for the arrangements you still have to make, because I cannot grant you more. " The cause of the order which I have signified to you, is not to be looked for in the silence you have preserved with respect to the Emperor in your last work; that would be a mistake; no place could be found in it worthy of him; but your banishment is a natural consequence of the course you have constantly pursued for some years past. It appeared to...
Page x - Sand, etc. The movement passes from France into Germany, and in that country also Liberal ideas are victorious. The writers forming the sixth and last group which I shall depict, Young Germany, are inspired by the ideas of the Greek war of liberation and the Revolution of July, and, like the French authors, see in Byron's great shade the leader of the Liberal movement.
Page vii - The stormy year of 1848, a historical turning point, and hence a break, is the limit to which I purpose following the process of development. The period between the beginning and the middle of the century presents...
Page 175 - ... in der Welt zugeht Eigentlich niemand recht versteht, Und auch bis auf den heutigen Tag Niemand gerne verstehen mag.
Page 107 - ... bent their necks under the yoke of the prejudices and self-interest of their order ? The laws of France will release Delphine from the vows unhappy circumstances have forced from her. Come and live with her upon our native soil! What is it that keeps you apart ? A vow she has made to God ? Believe me, the Supreme Being knows our nature too well ever to accept irrevocable vows from us. Possibly something in your heart rebels against profiting by laws which are the outcome of a Revolution to which...