Friedrich Schiller: Der Geisterseher

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  • Dennis Mahoney (University of Vermont)

Friedrich Schiller’s Der Geisterseher. Eine Geschichte aus den Memoires des Grafen von O** [The Ghost-Seer: From the Memoirs of Count von O**, 1789; third revised edition 1798; translated as The Spiritualist by Francis J. Lamport] appeared in five installments between 1787 and 1789 in Schiller’s journal Thalia before being published in book form. Written as a critique of the resurgent interest in communication with the spirit world in the final decades of the eighteenth century, Der Geisterseher makes use of plot elements drawn from Gothic romances in the wake of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1765), whose setting in medieval …

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Mahoney, Dennis. "Der Geisterseher". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 September 2008
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]