Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Wilhelm Raabe (RAHB-uh) wrote almost exclusively in the form of prose narrative. A small number of verses represent his only known departure from storytelling. His narrative production was substantial, however, with thirty titles usually designated as novels, another nineteen that may be classed as novellas, and a third group, also numbering nineteen, which are more loosely termed “stories” or “tales.” Altogether, thirty-one of the shorter works appeared between 1859 and 1879 in six collections authorized by Raabe. Many of his works, including novels, were first published serially by various popular literary magazines before their appearance in book form. The periodical Der Illustrirten Deutschen Monatshefte (published by G. Westermann), which printed thirty-two of Raabe’s works, also distributed his work to the German-speaking immigrant population in the United States; translations into English have been few, and hardly representative of Raabe’s full achievement: The Hunger-Pastor, Abu Telfan, and the novellas The Black Galley and Else von der Tanne.