JOSEPH FREIHERR VON EICHENDORFF
Eichendorfffs Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts is one of the delights of German Literature. Like The Vicar of Wakefield, it is an extremely charming text. There simply is no other adjective with which to describe it. From the lively opening to the ebourgeois fairy-talef ending, it never ceases to entertain the reader with its sparkling vigour and infectious joie de vivre. Das Marmorbild is a darker and a lesser tale, in which the hero, Florio, almost succumbs to pagan sensuality. Yet it is not without merit, and if the first work gives us the smile of sunny days in the springtime of our lives, the second sends us towards the land of dreams, moonlight reflection, and the pull of past beliefs.
The original of Taugenichts and an old American translation by Mrs. Annis Lee
Wister (Leaves from the Life of a Good-for-Nothing.