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Excerpt from Lessing, Vol. 1 of 2Every educated Englishman is supposed to know something of Goethe and Schiller- but probably few have anything like an adequate idea of the character and labours of Lessing. Yet Goethe and Schiller built upon theMoreExcerpt from Lessing, Vol. 1 of 2Every educated Englishman is supposed to know something of Goethe and Schiller- but probably few have anything like an adequate idea of the character and labours of Lessing. Yet Goethe and Schiller built upon the foundations he had laid, and no German ever lived whose career is more thoroughly worthy of study. He was a man of singularly noble and attractive nature, and cast abroad more germs of fruitful thought than any other writer of his time. In him we find the ideal of the best qualities of the eighteenth century, and some of those considered most characteristic of the epoch in which we ourselves live.In all literary history, says Heine, Lessing is the writer whom I love most- and very many Germans would willingly adopt this language as their own. He still lives in the memory of his people, who know well how much they owe him, recall with pride his great achievements, and welcome the smallest fragment that is from time to time added to his published writings.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.