The Token: A Gift for All Seasons (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, 22 nov 2016 - 328 pagine
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IN the compilation of this volume the Editor claims but one merit - that of having made a good and judicious selection. It was not his aim to make an Annual, composed entirely, or in part, of original matter; but to collect and bring together, some of the most charming stories which have appeared, from time to time, as bright scintillations of ge nius, in the preeminently beautiful literature of Germany. To avoid, however, the probable danger of giving it an ex elusively German tone, recourse has been had to the litera ture of England, and such selections made therefrom as are likely to be new or interesting, from old associations, to American readers. But that the major part of the work is composed of translations from the German, will be the occasion, it is hoped, of no regret; since the history of Literature presents but few names worthy of being ranked with jean paul, ludwig, tieck, hauff, hoffmann, etc, etc.! When the Germans write, they seek to combine instruction with amusement; they look into the recesses of the human heart, where they find the key to our passions.

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