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The Exhibit Historical Context

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"The Exhibit" is contained in Lisel Mueller's Second Language collection, published in 1986. But regardless of the year or even the decade in which her poetry was written, much of the historical influence on it comes not from the time she was writing it, but from the earlier part of the twentieth century. In her 1989 interview with Rubin and Heyen, she stated that, "There's no way anymore for the individual to escape from history, the public life we all share. Being European born, I felt this very strongly. That is the story of my parents, who were born shortly before World War I, and their whole life was determined by history. Everything was imposed on them from the outside because the twentieth century in Germany was catastrophic."

Although Mueller left Germany in 1939, she lived there long enough to experience Adolph Hitler's rise to chancellor of the country, his creation...

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