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When Schiller completed Wilhelm Tell as a "New Year's Gift for 1805" he foretold that it would cause a stir. He was right. In the midst of Great Power politics a play which drew substance from one of the fourteenth-century liberation movements proved both attractive and inflammatory. Since then the work as become immensely popular. This new English translation by William F. Mainland brings out the essential tragi-comic nature of Wilhelm Tell but also emphasizes its impressive formal unity.

Schiller based his play on chronicles of the Swiss liberation movement, in which Wilhelm Tell played a major role. Since Tell's existence has never been proven, Schiller, a historian by profession, felt he had to devise a figure who would bring the uncertainties and contradictions of the various Swiss chronicles into focus. Respected for his courage and skill with a bow, for his peaceable nature and his integrity, Schiller's archer—while always ready to aid his fellows—habitually seeks solitude. In the midst of political turmoil Wilhelm Tell is the nonpolitical man of action.

Keenly interested in the problematic interplay of history and legend, Schiller turned it to be dramatic advantage. He constructed his play to illustrate the greatest possible development of the character traits suggested for Tell by the chronicles. The result of Schiller's supreme achievement in historical drama.

About the Author

William F. Mainland is Emeritus Professor of Germanic Studies, University of Sheffield.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Wilhelm Tell

Act 1

Act 2

Act 3

Act 4

Act 5

Notes

Suggestions for Further Reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226738017
Editor:
Northcott, Kenneth J.
Author:
Von Schiller, Friedrich
Editor:
Northcott, Kenneth J.
Author:
Schiller, Friedrich Von
Author:
Schiller, Friedrich
Author:
Mainland, William F.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Continental european drama (dramatic works by
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
German Literary Classics in Translation
Publication Date:
19730531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
190
Dimensions:
8.12x5.26x.42 in. .40 lbs.

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