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The Wine-ghosts of Bremen   By: (1802-1827)

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THE WINE GHOSTS OF BREMEN

This edition of "The Wine Ghosts of Bremen" was printed entirely from type, distributed immediately after printing, and is limited to Five Hundred Copies, of which this is No. 485.

Theo. L. DeVinne & Co.

[Illustration: 'IT WAS THE DEVIL']

THE WINE GHOSTS OF BREMEN

BY WILHELM HAUFF

ILLUSTRATED BY FRANK M. GREGORY

NEW YORK AND LONDON WHITE AND ALLEN MDCCCLXXXIX

Copyright 1889, by WHITE AND ALLEN.

THE WINE GHOSTS OF BREMEN

TRANSLATED PROM THE GERMAN OF W. HAUFF

BY E. SADLER AND C. R. L. FLETCHER LATE FELLOW OF ALL SOULS COLLEGE

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE.

1. 'IT WAS THE DEVIL' Frontispiece.

2. THE CELLAR OF BACCHUS 8

3. THE GENTLEMEN OF THE RHINE 24

4. 'TO THE DANCE! TO THE DANCE!' 60

PREFACE.

When Mr. Carlyle endeavoured to introduce Jean Paul Richter to the English public, it seems to us that he was more than usually unsuccessful. The literary publics of the England and the Germany of those days were very different, and perhaps the errors of taste, which each professed to find in the other, were not in truth wholly upon the side of John Bull. We feel, (with much deprecation of our own impudence in challenging such a comparison,) in a somewhat similar position, and dread in our more diffident moments a far colder reception and far greater depth of oblivion for our present attempt to render into English a good German story about STRONG DRINK. German humour is often more rollicking than that of our own countrymen; it is also occasionally more subtle. But it has always been a matter of some wonder to us that Hauff's acknowledged masterpiece should be unknown to English readers, and we have therefore made the following attempt; praying the courteous reader only that he will not throw the story down in disgust till he gets to the best part: of the location of which we allow him to be the best judge.

Wilhelm Hauff was born on the 29th November, 1802, at Stuttgart, where his father held various high posts, with various high sounding double and treble official names, under the paternal government of the Elector Frederick, the first of his name and house who attained 'serenity.' It was this same ruler who three years later, after refusing a passage to Napoleon's troops for some time with great show of patriotism, allowed himself to be 'convinced,' as soon as the Emperor himself appeared and offered him a considerable extension of territory and a Royal Crown; and who confessed with some naïveté 'that since Frederick the Great he had never met any one so good at talking a man over as Napoleon; that the latter had in fact the same "tournure de l'esprit" as Frederick.' But His Serene Highness was, in common with many of his contemporaries, in the habit of allowing himself to be talked over by any one with a good strong army at his back. 'C'était leur nature de complaire aux plus forts.' Therefore he now openly joined, in 1805, as he had practically done in '95 and '99, the row of princely traitors to the cause of Germany, and began to dance with his fellows on the fast closing grave of the Holy Roman Empire... Continue reading book >>




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