Friday, January 22, 2016


A Difficult Language

Henry James, letter to Thomas Sergeant Perry (August 5, 1860):
I am now working at Schiller's play of Maria Stuart, which I like exceedingly, though I do get on so slowly with it. I am convinced that German may take its stand among the difficult languages of the earth. I shall consider myself fortunate if I am able, when I leave Bonn, to translate even the simplest things.

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