Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship (Penguin Classics)

9780140446234: Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship (Penguin Classics)

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1855. Excerpt: ... interval of about an hour some bed clothes arrived, and then the pillows, but everything was thoroughly drenched with rain. Finally, when it was long past midnight, the straw beds and mattresses appeared, which if they had been produced at an earlier hour, would have been cordially welcomed. During these preparations, something to eat and to drink had also been provided. It was despatched without much criticism, though it was only a collection of disorderly fragments, and afforded no very strong proof of the respect which was entertained for our guests. CHAPTER IV. The distress and inconvenience of the night were much increased by the frolics and mischievous tricks of some members of the company. They woke and annoyed each other, and indulged in all kinds of practical jokes. On the following morning they uttered loud complaints against their friend the Baron for having imposed upon them, and for having so completely misrepresented the order, and comfort which they were to enjoy. But at an early hour to their great astonishment and delight the Count himself arrived, attended by a few servants, and made inquiries into their circumstances. He w-as much distressed upon learning how indifferently they had fared, and the Baron who limped along with the assistance of a servant, blamed the housesteward for disobeying his commands, and declared that the latter had merited the most exemplary punishment. The Count at once commanded that everything should be instantly arranged for the utmost convenience of his guests. In the meantime some young officers arrived, who sought the acquaintance of the actresses, and the Count calling the whole company before him, addressed each of them by name, and as he introduced some jokes into his conversation, all parties seemed delighted with the condescension...

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Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, a novel of self-realization greatly admired by the Romantics, has been called the first Bildungsroman and has had a tremendous influence on the history of the German novel. The story centers on Wilhelm, a young man living in the mid-1700s who strives to break free from the restrictive world of economics and seeks fulfillment as an actor and playwright. Along with Eric Blackall's fresh translation of the work, this edition contains notes and an afterword by the translator that aims to put this novel into historical and artistic perspective for twentieth-century readers while showing how it defies categorization.


"One of the most influential literary works of the early nineteenth century . . . a masterpiece that resists all pigeonholing." --"Independent"

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