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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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Adelbert von Chamisso


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Adelbert von Chamisso : Peter Schlemihls Wundersame Geschichte

(1) 'I am reading such a splendid book in German, by a man called Chamisso "Peter Schlemihl's Wundersame Geschichte" (The Amazing Adventures of Peter Schlemihl). It is about a man (modern) who sells his shadow to a wizard: his subsequent adventures are treated chiefly in the absurd "Alice" style but there is a sort of core of horror lurking in it all the time, that is to me very attractive.' (2) 'Good night old fool: have finished P. Schlemihl.' (3) '"Peter Schlemihl" is the name of that German "admirable" book about the man who sold his shadow. I am very pleased to have read it.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Clive Staples Lewis      Print: Book


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