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Lessing's Laokoon (1878)
by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Binding: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Weight: 1.51 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 143725229X
ISBN 13: 9781437252293
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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1888 Original Publisher: G. Bell Subjects: Aesthetics Art / Criticism History / General Philosophy / Aesthetics Poetry / Continental European Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: INTRODUCTION. Though there is no writer whose works may be more advantageously studied as a whole than Lessing's, there are few of equal importance who are known in this country in so partial and fragmentary a manner. Various translations of 'Nathan der Weise' and 'Minna von Barnhelm' have, it is true, exhibited him fairly enough as a dramatist of pure style, refined humour, and liberal thought; at the same time another class of readers has had more than one opportunity of studying the treatise on the ' Laokoon,' and admiring his rigorous and suggestive Btyle of criticism and wide scholarship, which must always give it a literary interest whatever substantial value may be assigned to it. But such an acquaintance with isolated pieces hardly allows a reader to estimate their real value, and still less does it afford him an opportunity of co ordinating the positions of Lessing the dramatist and Lessing the critic, and forming any definite notion of his true place in literary history. To do so demands in any case some general knowledge of German literature, but whilst Goethe and Schiller have become duly appreciated in this country, their great precursor has, amongst general readers, been little more than a name to those who were even so far acquainted with him. Two interesting biographical works by Mr. James Sime and Miss HelenZiuimern have, 110 doubt, done much to dispel this ignorance, and paved the way for a wider study of Lessing's own work, and the publication ...


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