Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Great Poems of the World)

Among the books written by Stefan George, only Tage und Taten (1903; Days and Deeds, 1951) contains writings other than poetry. The volume is a collection of miscellaneous small prose: sketches, letters, observations, aphorisms, and panegyrics. It was expanded to include the introductory essay from Maximin, ein Gedenkbuch (1906; memorial book for Maximin) for the eighteen-volume complete edition of George’s works, Gesamt-Ausgabe, published between 1927 and 1934. In addition to his original works, George published five volumes of translations and adaptations: Baudelaire, Die Blumen des Bösen (1901); Zeitgenössische Dichter (1905; of contemporary poets); Shakespeare, Sonnette, 1909; and Dante, Die göttliche Komödie, Übertragungen (1909). Zeitgenössische Dichter contains George’s translations of poetry by Algernon Charles Swinburne, Jens Peter Jacobsen, Albert Verwey, Paul Verlaine, Stéphane Mallarmé, Arthur Rimbaud, and others. Editions of George’s correspondence with Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Friedrich Gundolf were published in 1938 and 1962, respectively.