Wilhelmine and The Life and Opinions of Master Sebaldus Nothanker

Wilhelmine and The Life and Opinions of Master Sebaldus Nothanker

Masterworks of the German Rococo and Enlightenment

Moritz August von Thümmel, Friedrich Nicolai

Translated by John R. Russell


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Two novels about the same couple illustrate rococo style in German literature of the late 18th century.
These two works were best sellers when they appeared and were reprinted numerous times. The obvious link between the two works is the couple at the centre of both. With Wilhelmine (1764) Thümmel, a petty nobleman and court official, gave German literature its finest example of a mock epic among the many produced in the wake of Pope's Rape of the Lock. In telling of a village pastor's successful attempt to gain the hand of his beloved, Thümmel also showed what could be accomplished within the confining Horatian aesthetic of the German Rococo. Nicolai, a leading figure of the Berlin Enlightenment, took Thümmel's couple and showed their life after marriage. In tracing the misfortunes of Sebaldus and family, he delights in savaging church orthodoxy, idealistic philosophy, sentimentalism, and pietism. It has been called the first realistic German novel.


December 1997
176 pages
22.8x15.2 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571131454
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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