WORD TO THE READER
following is a copy of the lectures which I gave between
January and March at the Berlin Freie Hochschule dealing with
Schiller. The copy is based entirely on the notes which two of
the audience made during the lectures. For myself I have been
quite unable to look through the notes; and it is only in
response to an earnest request that I can agree to the printing
of the lectures. I do not really believe that lectures can be
reproduced in print. The spoken word is meant to be heard and
not to be read, and on that its style depends. ‘Spoken’
treatises or ‘spoken’ books are a monstrosity; and so
are books which have their origin in the manuscript copy of a
lecture. Anyone who has a feeling for style will agree with me.
But exceptions may be made in isolated cases; and this is one of
the exceptions — which seems to me to prove the rule.
Berlin, April 1905.