August Strindberg: Selected Essays by August Strindberg

By August Strindberg

This can be the 1st absolutely edited translation of a sequence of essays via the nice Swedish dramatist August Strindberg. The essays, edited and translated by way of Michael Robinson, were chosen for the sunshine they shed, either without delay and in some way, on Strindberg's contribution to the ecu theater, first in such masterpieces of mental realism because the Father and omit Julie, and therefore in these works, together with A Dream Play and The Ghost Sonata, with which he principally confirmed a foundation for theatrical modernism.

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That he maintained the right of the objective powers against subjective enthusiasm, new Romanticism and private liberalism. 'He overthrew God and made the whole of creation into this eternal process that you are always going on about, and it was he who discovered the development of language and thought in history, in which the individual is only a passing moment. 'Hegel is the most modern of spirits, and if you find him or think him old-fashioned, that is an illusion, for his thoughts were so far ahead of his time that they are only now on the way to becoming modern; therefore, just because he preceded us in time does not prove that he is behind us.

But he no longer laughed when I joked about socialism. He seemed to have lost all hope of raising himself with my help, and his fear of the future drove him back to the support which the party of the discontented afforded him. And he has lost all interest in my algae, so for me the journey is largely a failure. 44 Selected Essays 2 July Hostilities are suspended but our emnity is obvious. We sit opposite one another in silence like two cats, and watch carefully to see that neither of us has time to raise his paw first.

He introduced himself in the letter as a 'modern' spirit nourished by the doctrine of evolution and by socialism. His errand lay in offering to do me a favour. I had in fact recently been harshly treated in a German paper and he undertook to gain redress on my behalf. This seemed to me doubly suspicious. A 'modern' spirit does not return good for evil, and there was something boastful about his offer, since he believed that he could rehabilitate me, and also gave me to understand that I was a fallen celebrity.

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