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Peter Schlemihl, The Shadowless Man

By Chamisso, Adelbert

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Title: Peter Schlemihl, The Shadowless Man  
Author: Chamisso, Adelbert
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Introduction: ?Peter Schlemihl,? one of the pleasantest fancies of the days when Germany delighted in romance, was first published in 1814, and was especially naturalised in England by association with the genius of George Cruikshank, who enriched a translation of it with some of his happiest work as an illustrator. An account of the book and its author is here reprinted at the end of the tale, as originally given by the translator. To this account one or two notes may be added. Louis Charles Adelaide de Chamisso de Boncourt was born on the 27th of January, 1781, at the Chateau of Boncourt, in Champagne, which he made the subject of one of his most beautiful lyrics. He belonged to a family faithful to Louis XVI., that fled to Wrzburg from the fury of the French Revolution. Thus he was taken to Germany a child of nine, and was left there when the family, with other emigrants, returned to France in 1801. At fifteen he had Teutonised his name to Adelbert von Chamisso, and was appointed page to the Queen of Prussia. In the war that came afterwards, for a very short time he bore arms against the French, but being one of a garrison taken in the captured fort of Hamlin, he and his comrades had to pledge their honour that they would not again bear arms against France during that war. After the war he visited France. His parents then were dead, and though he stayed in France some years, he wrote from France to a friend, ?I am German heart and soul, and cannot feel at home here.? He wandered irresolutely, then became Professor of Literature in a gymnasium in La Vendee. Still he was restless. In 1812 he set off for a walk in Switzerland, returned to Germany, and took to the study of anatomy. In 1813, Napoleon?s expedition to Russia and the peril to France from legions marching upon Paris caused to Chamisso suffering and confusion of mind.

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Table of Contents: PETER SCHLEMIHL, THE SHADOWLESS MAN, 1 -- Adelbert Chamisso, 1 -- Introduction, 1 -- PETER SCHLEMIHL, THE SHADOWLESS MAN, 2 -- INTRODUCTORY EPISTLE FROM A. VON CHAMISSO TO JULIUS EDWARD HITZIG, 2 -- Chapter I, 3 -- Chapter II, 9 -- Chapter III, 16 -- Chapter IV, 22 -- Chapter V, 26 -- APPENDIX, 31 -- Preface BY THE EDITOR, 31 -- BRIEF SKETCH OF CHAMISSO'S LIFE, 34 -- FROM THE BARON DE LA MOTTE FOUQU TO JULIUS EDWARD HITZIG, 34

 

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