In Whitman's Hand


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Title: Frederick Schlegel 1772–1829

Creators: Walt Whitman, Unknown

Date: After 1854

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00189

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the marginalia and annotations, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: Passages noted from Schlegel have been identified as coming from Joseph Gostwick's German Literature, which was published in 1854 (Walt Whitman: Notebooks and Unpublished Manuscripts, ed. Edward F. Grier [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 5:1837).

Notes written on manuscript: On surface 1, in an unknown hand: "1"

Contributors to digital file: Lauren Grewe, Nicole Gray, Ty Alyea, and Matt Cohen

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Frederick Schlegel 1772-1829

                                                                                       one of two celebrated literary brothers —the other named Augustus

Had a strong predilection toward the wonderful and mysterious—

1803, entered Roman Catholic Church.—


Wrote "Philosophy of History,"—[illegible]most valuable idea tenet of which is,—"the inexpediency of destroying old institutions before new ideas are prepared to develope themselves in consistency with the order of society.—"

—Lectures "(History of Literature" 1811–12) have chiefly extended his fame

He makes Literature the repre‑
sentative expression of all that is superior in a nation—
thus elevating it, especially poetry, far above the views of trivial and commonplace criticism, and regarding it as incorporating and being the highest product of human life and genius

—He appreciates the great masters of all countries, and sets them off from crowds of temporary persons


Prejudices—But remember in

reading these Lectures, that Schlegel was full of the Prejudices of a zealous newly converted Roman Catholic.—

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