The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 06 eBook

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Heinrich Heine.  By E. Hader

The Lorelei Fountain in New York.  By Herter

Spring’s Awakening.  By Ludwig von Hofmann

Flower Fantasy.  By Ludwig von Hofmann

Poor Peter.  By P. Grotjohann

The Two Grenadiers.  By P. Grotjohann

Rocky Coast.  By Ludwig von Hofmann

Play of the Waves.  By Arnold Boecklin

Market Place, Goettingen

Old Imperial Palace, Goslar

The Witches’ Dancing Ground

The Brocken Inn About 1830

The Falls of the Ilse

View from St. Andreasberg

Johann Wilhelm Monument, Duesseldorf

The Duke of Wellington.  By d’Orsay

Bacharach on the Rhine

House in Bacharach

Franz Grillparzer

Franz Grillparzer and Kaethi Froehlich in 1823

Grillparzer’s House in Spiegelgasse

Grillparzer’s Room in the House of the Sisters Froehlich

Franz Grillparzer in His Sixtieth Year

The Grillparzer Monument at Vienna

Medea.  By Anselm Feuerbach

Medea.  From the Grillparzer Monument at Vienna

Beethoven.  By Max Klinger


By William guild Howard, A.M. 
Assistant Professor of German, Harvard University


The history of German literature makes mention of few men more self-centered and at the same time more unreserved than Heinrich Heine.  It may be said that everything which Heine wrote gives us, and was intended to give us, first of all some new impression of the writer; so that after a perusal of his works we know him in all his strength and weakness, as we can know only an amiable and communicative egotist; moreover, besides losing no opportunity for self-expression, both in and out of season, Heine published a good deal of frankly autobiographical matter, and wrote memoirs, only fragments of which have come down to us, but of which more than has yet appeared will perhaps ultimately be made accessible.  Heine’s life, then, is to us for the most part an open book.  Nevertheless, there are many obscure passages in it, and there remain many questions not to be answered with certainty, the first of which is as to the date of his birth.  His own statements on this subject are contradictory, and the original records are lost.  But it seems probable that he was born on the thirteenth of December, 1797, the eldest child of Jewish parents recently domiciled at Duesseldorf on the Rhine.

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