German short stories began in the late 18th century as brief, beautifully written moral fables. In the following century, style evolved toward realism in parallel with that of other European literature. From the lofty idealism of Goethe to the searing verisimilitude of Mann, German writers of all styles have left us some of the most arresting profiles of the human condition ever conceived. Roiled by gigantic undercurrents of history and blessed with a multiplicity of great poets, thinkers and artists, the German speaking lands have provided extraordinarily rich soil for literature.
Selections in Volume I:
THE ATTORNEY by Goethe While planning an affair, a beautiful young girl discovers an inner spiritual awareness during her husband's absence.
THE SPORT OF DESTINY by Friedrich Schiller A young man comes into the possession of power and its insidious influence.
THE HUSSAR, KANNITVERSTAN, UNEXPECTED REUNION by Johann Peter Hebel Three timeless fables that explore the spiritual dimension of mankind with gentle humor, wry drama, and poignant love.
AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF THE MARSHAL DE BASSOMPIERRE by Hugo von Hofmannsthal In 16th century Paris a dashing French soldier pursues a romantic affair in a time of plague.
THE BACHELOR by Arthur Schnitzler At the death bed of their comrade, three friends find a disconcerting letter that reveals intimate details about their wives.
LITTLE HERR FRIEDEMANN by Thomas Mann This tale of unrequited love and cruel rejection ranks among the world's great masterpieces of psychological pathos.
THE ENCHANTED CABINET by Friedo Lampe A whimsical romp through a German seaside resort complete with burglar, magician, detective, damsel in distress and hero.
Running Time: 4 hours 33 minutes