These twelve essays, all in English, include studies on Shakespeare, Schiller, Goethe, Chamisso, Hauptmann, Mann, and Brach. The selection was made by the author himself, an eminent American Germanist recently retired from Yale University. Penetrating and precise, each essay achieves what he has attempted to make it, an adventure in empathy, in critical distance, and in expression. Originally published in 1966. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand techlogy to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.