From Goethe to Gundolf: Essays on German Literature and Culture - cover image


Roger Paulin

Published On





  • English

Print Length

422 pages (x+412)


Paperback156 x 29 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.15" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 33 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.31" x 9.21")


Paperback1757g (61.98oz)
Hardback2159g (76.16oz)



OCLC Number





  • D
  • JFCX
  • FC
  • 3J
  • 1DFG
  • 2ACG


  • LIT004170
  • LIT004130
  • LIT024030
  • FIC102000


  • PR2971.G3
  • P39


  • German Literature
  • German Culture
  • Goethe
  • Schiller
  • Schlegels
  • Gundolf
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From Goethe to Gundolf

Essays on German Literature and Culture

From Goethe to Gundolf: Essays on German Literature and Culture is a collection of Roger Paulin’s groundbreaking essays, spanning the last forty years. The work represents his major research interests of Romanticism and the reception of Shakespeare in Germany, but also explores a broader range of themes, from poetry and the public memorialization of poets to fairy stories - all meticulously researched, yet highly accessible.

As a comprehensive examination of German literary history in the period 1700-1900, the collection not only includes accounts of the lives and work of Goethe, Schiller, the Schlegels, and Gundolf (amongst others), serving to nuance our understanding of these figures in history, but also considers diverse (and often underexplored) topics, from academic freedom to the rise of travel literature.

The essays have been reformulated, corrected, and updated to add references to recent works. However, the core foundations of the originals remain, and just as when they were first published, the value of these essays – to researchers, students, and all those who are interested in German literary history – cannot be overstated.


This is literary criticism and historical insight in the very best tradition: readable, accessible, transparently intelligent, connected, and enlightening. By joining the earlier literary historian Friedrich Gundolf with Goethe in the title, Paulin brings together two centuries of 'Geistesgeschichte', intellectual history at its finest. Bibliography and index are excellent; knowledge of German will be most helpful.

S. Gittleman

CHOICE Connect, vol. 59, no. 9, 2022.


1. Goethe: Die Leiden des jungen Werthers

(pp. 1–23)
  • Roger Paulin

2. Goethe and Stolberg in Italy: The Consequences for Romantic Art

(pp. 25–43)
  • Roger Paulin

3. Schiller: Wallenstein

(pp. 45–57)
  • Roger Paulin

4. Laocoon, Dante, Shakespeare, August Wilhelm Schlegel and the Overcoming of Tragedy

(pp. 59–77)
  • Roger Paulin

5. Adding Stones to the Edifice: Patterns of German Biography

(pp. 79–93)
  • Roger Paulin

6. Kleist’s Metamorphoses: Some Remarks on the Use of Mythology in Penthesilea

(pp. 95–121)
  • Roger Paulin

7. Goethe, the Brothers Grimm and Academic Freedom

(pp. 123–143)
  • Roger Paulin

8. Fairy Stories for Very Sophisticated Children: Ludwig Tieck’s Phantasus

(pp. 147–159)
  • Roger Paulin

9. Gundolf’s Romanticism

(pp. 161–176)
  • Roger Paulin

10. Some Remarks on the New Edition of the Works of Wilhelm Müller

(pp. 179–205)
  • Roger Paulin

11. Heine and Shakespeare

(pp. 207–221)
  • Roger Paulin

12. The ‘Schillerfeier’ of 1859 and the ‘Shakespearefest’ of 1864: With Some Remarks on Theodor Fontane’s Contributions

(pp. 223–243)
  • Roger Paulin

13. Under the Horse’s Tail: The Poets, Statuary and the Literary Canon in Nineteenth-Century Germany

(pp. 245–268)
  • Roger Paulin

14. Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock: ‘Der Zürchersee’

(pp. 171–291)
  • Roger Paulin

15. Annette von Droste-Hülshoff

(pp. 293–311)
  • Roger Paulin

16. Rilke: Duino Elegy Ten: In memoriam Leslie Seiffert, 1934–90

(pp. 313–336)
  • Roger Paulin

17. Julius Hare’s German Books in Trinity College Library, Cambridge

(pp. 339–364)
  • Roger Paulin


Roger Paulin

Schröder Professor Emeritus at University of Cambridge