The German Classics Of The Nineteenth And Twentieth Centuries (volume 7); Masterpieces Of German…

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... KARL FERDINAND GUTZKOW SWORD AND QUEUE (1843) TRANSLATED BY GRACE ISABEL. COLBRON Preface Of The Authob HE essence of the comic is self-contradiction, contrast. Even professional estheticians must acknowledge that by the very nature of its origin the following comedy answers this definition. A king lacking the customary attributes of his station; a royal court governed by the rules that regulate any simple middle-class household--surely here is a contradiction sufficient in itself to attract the Comic Muse. And it was indeed only when the author was well along in his work that he felt any inclination to introduce a few political allusions with what is called a "definite purpose," into a work inspired by the principles of pure comedy. Ever since the example set by those great Greeks, iEschylus and Aristophanes, the stage has claimed the right to deal with extremes. He who, sinning and laden with the burden of human guilt, has once fallen a victim to the Eumenides, cannot, as a figure in a drama, go off on pleasure trips, nor can he go about the usual business of daily life. Fate seizes him red-handed, causes him to see blood in every glass of champagne and to read his warrant of arrest on every chance scrap of paper. And the Comic Muse is even less indulgent. When Aristophanes would mock the creations of Euripides, which are meant to move the public by their declining fortunes, he at once turns the tragedian into a rag-picker. Comedy may, tragedy must, exaggerate. The exaggerations in Sword and Queue brought forth many a contemptuous grimace from the higher-priced seats in the Court Theatres. But it needs only a perusal of the Memoirs of the Markgravine of Baireuth, Princess of Prussia, to give the grotesque picture a certificate of historical veracity. No...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... KARL FERDINAND GUTZKOW SWORD AND QUEUE (1843) TRANSLATED BY GRACE ISABEL. COLBRON Preface Of The Authob HE essence of the comi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.34 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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