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The Robbers

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ISBN-13: 978-1419180811
ISBN-10: 1419180819
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Language Notes

Text: English
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Geboren am 10.11.1759 in Marbach (Württ.). Sohn des Militärwundarztes J.C. Schiller. Kindheit und Jugend in ärmlichen Verhältnissen. Dorfschule, Lateinschule, auf Befehl des Herzogs Karl Eugen 1773 Eintritt in die Karlsschule, dort Medizinstudium ab 1776. 1780 Regimentsmedicus in Stuttgart. Arrest und Schreibverbot wegen Aufführung der "Räuber" in Mannheim. Flucht über Mannheim (1783), Leipzig (1785), Dresden nach Weimar (1787). 1789 Ernennung zum a.o. Prof. der Geschichte und Philosophie in Jena. 1799 erneute Übersiedelung nach Weimar. Schiller starb am 9.5.1805 in Weimar. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (June 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419180819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419180811
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,781,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sabine Taylor on April 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For my opinion is "The Robbers" the best classic by Friedrich Schiller. The story is about a family, an old lord, his two sons, the older one who is handsome, brave and popular and the younger one who is ugly and jealous, he intrigues through the whole story. When the older one travels to study, his brother invents terrible stories about harlotry and murder, so his father who is near to death, bans his older son though he didn't want to . Without faith and security of his family, Karl, the older son, decides to arrange a group of robbers with another man who can't see any way out of his misery. The robbers murder and steal, but in Karl's way, he's the leader of the robbers, and he just steals money, other materials and food from rich and ignorant peole and gives most of this stuff to poor people. This Robin Hood way of stealing he describes as balancing justice. But soon he discovers that this life isn't the life he wants to lead till the end of time. The robbers were persecuted and he is home sick, but most at all he misses his girlfriend Amalia von Edelreich who is now idolzed by Franz , the younger brother. The story continues with new intrigues, lies and it's much spoken about god's will, that the bad ones will come into hell and what happens after the death. The love between brothers, fathers and lovers is also really important.
It's often told, but I can't regret it, that this classic hasn't lost a bit of it's passion and pressure, it could really continues in our time, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Schneider on July 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is no ode to joy. Peace never made a great man, says the main hero.

This wild, violent and crazy stage play was Friedrich von Schiller's `debut', his breakthrough to fame as a literary writer. At the time it was not at all clear that he would be a professional writer -- and then he became one of Germany's proverbial `poets and thinkers'. He was trained as a medical doctor at a military academy, and he was inclined towards philosophy; practical healing had no appeal for him, he needed the `speculation', the `idea'.
(We are idealists and would be ashamed to be shaped by things, rather than have our ideas shape the world of things.) The Robbers were the brainchild of a young doctor without life experience, who had grown up, so far, under the strict discipline of the school, run by a dictator, in Wuerttemberg. After finishing his studies, he was forced to work as army doctor.

The play was born, as a contemporary writer said, from the copulation of subordination and genius. It is an invention out of lack of experience and in anticipation of it.
The play is about brotherly hatred, fatherly love, jealousy, deceit, maliciousness, criminal energies, betrayal, murder, suicide. There is a lot of drama in this drama.
A man loves one son better than the other. The loved one, away as a student, disappoints. The other one plays up the problem, fabricates lies, steals a letter from brother to father, fakes a letter to the brother, tries to rape the betrothed of the brother... The `good one', in despair and believing himself betrayed by his father, becomes a gangster. Gangs were a common problem at the time, a few would-be Robin Hoods were known in Germany. Where does it end? Certainly nowhere idyllic. Gallows are growing on every hill side.
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By Ditrich on December 26, 2012
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A great allegory on the need for God s love. As each character assumes the constant.exchange of both moral and immoral proving that we are all in need of grace. The only constant is a higher love which occurs occaisionaly in degree even in the worst of the characters. The book which is actually a.play provides a place in a long past time which is valid today.
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