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German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 11

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German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 11

Rock Crystal (German: Bergkristall; 1845) is a novella by Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter. It influenced Thomas Mann[1] and others with its "suspenseful, simple, myth-like story and majestic depictions of nature."[2] Mann said Stifter is "one of the most extraordinary, the most enigmatic, the most secretly daring and the most strangely gripping narrators in world literature."[3] Poet W. H. Auden called Rock Crystal "a quiet and beautiful parable about the relation of people to places, of man to nature."[4]

It was translated to English in 1945 by Elizabeth Mayer and Marianne Moore, re-issued by Pushkin Press in 2001 and the New York Review of Books in 2008. An earlier translation from 1914 by Lee M. Hollander is in the public domain.


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