is French in its forms and often in its frivolity; while the French
critics have lately discovered Jane Austen
, and are trying to find in that staid and exemplary lady the founder of the realistic school, and the precursor of Zola
Among contemporary novelists, Mr. Howells
places the Russian
first, then the Spanish
; ranking the English
, and even the French
, far lower.
He is also said, in a recent interview, to have attributed his own style largely to the influence of Heine
himself, in the preface to his ‘Deutschland
,’ names as his own especial models Aristophanes
, and Moliere
—a Greek, a Spaniard, and a Frenchman.
himself thinks that we cannot comprehend Calderon
Nur wer Hafis liebt und kennt
Weiss was Calderon gesungen,—
, following this suggestion almost literally, translated Calderon
first, and then Omar Khayyam
Surely, one might infer, the era of a world-literature must be approaching.
Yet in looking over the schedules of our American universities, one finds as little reference