Friedrich Schiller: Die Räuber [The Robbers]

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  • Jeffrey L. High (California State University, Long Beach)

Die Räuber [The Robbers], Johann Christoph Friedrich Schiller’s socially critical Sturm und Drang drama of two brothers’ tragic conflict over the love and inheritance of their father, the love and possession of a woman, the problematic nature of freedom, and disavowal of moral and feudal tradition, is among his best-known works. Though the earliest of Schiller’s plays extant, it is at least his fifth attempt at drama, preceded by Die Christen and Absolon (1772) and the plan for Der Student von Nassau (1775). Schiller destroyed his next attempt,

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High, Jeffrey L.. "Die Räuber". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 February 2006
[, accessed 06 July 2015.]