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Wilhelm Tell
Author: Friedrich Schiller

ISBN: 9780226738017
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 17 December 1971
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3 x 1.1
Description:
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 a...

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