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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 507 pages of information about The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 12.

ILLUSTRATIONS—­VOLUME XII

Frederick the Great Playing the Flute. 
  By Adolph von Menzel. Frontispiece

Gustav Freytag.  By Stauffer-Bern

At the Concert.  By Adolph von Menzel

Nature Enthusiasts.  By Adolph von Menzel

On the Terrace.  By Adolph von Menzel

In the Beergarden.  By Adolph von Menzel

Lunch Buffet at Kissingen.  By Adolph von Menzel

Luther Monument at Worms.  By Ernst Rietschel

Frederick William I Inspecting a School.  By Adolph von Menzel

Court Ball at Rheinsberg.  By Adolph von Menzel

Frederick the Great and His Round Table.  By Adolph von Menzel

Frederick the Great on a Pleasure Trip.  By Adolph von Menzel

Theodor Fontane.  By Hanns Fechner

Fontane Monument at Neu-Ruppin

A Sunday in the Garden of the Tuileries.  By Adolph von Menzel

Divine Service in the Woods at Koesen.  By Adolph von Menzel

A Street Scene at Paris.  By Adolph von Menzel

Procession at Gastein.  By Adolph von Menzel

High Altar at Salzburg.  By Adolph von Menzel

Bathing Boys.  By Adolph von Menzel

Frau von Schleinitz “At Home.”  By Adolph von Menzel

Supper at a Court Ball.  By Adolph von Menzel

EDITOR’S NOTE

This volume, containing representative works by two of the foremost realists of midcentury German literature, Freytag and Fontane, brings, as an artistic parallel, selections from the work of the greatest realist of midcentury German painting:  Adolph von Menzel.

KUNO Francke.

THE LIFE OF GUSTAV FREYTAG

By Ernest F. Henderson, Ph.D., L.H.D.

Author of A History of Germany in the Middle Ages; A Short History of
Germany, etc.

It is difficult to assign to Gustav Freytag his exact niche in the hall of fame, because of his many-sidedness.  He wrote one novel of which the statement has been made by an eminent French critic that no book in the German language, with the exception of the Bible, has enjoyed in its day so wide a circulation; he wrote one comedy which for years was more frequently played than any other on the German stage; he wrote a series of historical sketches—­Pictures of the German Past he calls them—­which hold a unique place in German literature, being as charming in style as they are sound in scholarship.  Add to these a work on the principles of dramatic criticism that is referred to with respect by the very latest writers on the subject, an important biography, a second very successful novel, and a series of six historical romances that vary in interest, indeed, but that are a noble monument to his own nation and that, alone, would have made him famous.

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