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Author photo. Credit: Andrzej Barabasz, 2004, Frankfurt, Germany

Credit: Andrzej Barabasz, 2004, Frankfurt, Germany

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Friedrich Schiller was born in Marbach, Germany, the son of an army surgeon, a profession for which he himself was later educated. He never wanted to practice medicine, however, and found an outlet for his dissatisfaction in writing poetry and plays. Schiller's first play was to be performed was The Robbers (1781), a rallying cry for the freedom and idealism of youth against the tyranny and hypocrisy that Schiller saw all around him. The play was an immediate success, but Schiller, who had taken unauthorized leave from his regiment to watch the performance, was arrested and forbidden by the ruling Duke to write anything but medical books in the future. In defiance of the order, Schiller fled the duchy and, although suffering great poverty, continued to write. The remainder of Schiller's life was a struggle against poverty and, in his last years, a struggle against tuberculosis. Each of Schiller's nine plays is a masterpiece of situation, characterization, subtle psychology, and brilliant dramatic technique. Most of his plays focus on historical subjects, such as Mary Queen of Scots, Joan of Arc, or the Swiss hero William Tell. Schiller uses these period characters and settings to suit his own themes, which center on individual freedom, justice, and heroism. He often sacrifices historical accuracy in order to make a point. Schiller's place in German literature is very near the top. Among German dramatists there are none better, and perhaps only his friend German poet and playwright Goethe can be called an equal. (Bowker Author Biography)
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William Tell 949 copies, 13 reviews
Mary Stuart (Author) 775 copies, 4 reviews
The Robbers (Author) 748 copies, 7 reviews
Intrigue and Love (Author) 638 copies, 5 reviews
On the Aesthetic Education of Man 585 copies, 7 reviews
Don Carlos (Author) 374 copies, 6 reviews
The Maid of Orleans (Author) 251 copies, 3 reviews
The Ghost-seer (Author) 225 copies, 2 reviews
The Robbers / Wallenstein (Author) 206 copies
Schillers Werke (Author) 204 copies, 2 reviews
Gedichte 203 copies, 2 reviews
The Death of Wallenstein (Author) 148 copies, 1 review
Don Carlos / Mary Stuart (Author) 116 copies, 2 reviews
The History of the Thirty Years' War (Author) 80 copies, 1 review
The Bride Of Messina (Author) 67 copies, 2 reviews
Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa (Author) 56 copies, 1 review
Revolt of the Netherlands (Author) 28 copies
The Robbers / Fiesco / Intrigue and Love (Author) 26 copies, 1 review
Don Carlos / William Tell (Author) 24 copies
Turandot (Author) 24 copies, 1 review
Balladen 20 copies
Demetrius (Author) 15 copies
Xenien 14 copies
Verhalen 13 copies
Jugenddramen 12 copies
Narraciones completas 9 copies, 1 review
Dramen 7 copies
The Piccolomini (Author) 7 copies, 1 review
Der Taucher 5 copies
Del sublime 4 copies
Erzählungen 4 copies
Teatre 4 copies
Három dráma 4 copies, 1 review
Schillers Werke - Band 2 (Author) 3 copies
Die Gedichte 3 copies
Alemania (Contributor) 2 copies
Schillers Werke 6 2 copies, 1 review
Schillers Werke 8 2 copies, 1 review
Schillers Werke 7 2 copies, 1 review
Schillers Werke 5 2 copies, 1 review
Dramen 2 (Author) 2 copies
Die Rauber CD 2 copies
Historical Dramas (Author) 2 copies
Schillers Werke 9 1 copy, 1 review
Schillers Werke 10 1 copy, 1 review
Dramen 1 copy
Schiller : Maria Stuart (Writer) 1 copy
Schillers Werke 1 1 copy, 1 review
Schillers Werke 2 1 copy, 1 review
Schillers Werke 3 1 copy, 1 review
Briefe 1 copy
Dramen I 1 copy
Ti Digte 1 copy
Phaedra (Translator, some editions) 1,736 copies, 25 reviews
Critical Theory Since Plato (Contributor, some editions) 369 copies, 1 review
Deutsche Gedichte (Contributor, some editions) 130 copies, 1 review
Great German Short Novels and Stories (Contributor) 53 copies, 1 review
Five German Tragedies (Author) 28 copies
Fragmentos para una teoría romántica del arte (Contributor) 13 copies, 2 reviews

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