Full text: Zeitungsausschnitte über Werke von Herman Grimm: Unüberwindliche Mächte

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Grimm’s “ Invincible Powers.” 249 
certainly commands our best wishes 
and hopes. 
Is there so little good poetry in the 
land that “ Old and New” could find 
only Mrs. Stowe’s pleasing, thoughtful 
Hymn, for a first number ? 
Other new journals are—1. The 
“ Index,” published in the interests of 
“ Free Religion,” at Toledo, Ohio, un 
der the very able charge of Francis E. 
Abbot. The “ Index ” says “ it shall be 
the organ of no party in politics and 
no sect in religion. The editor will 
speak for himself alone, and so will 
each contributor; neither will commit 
the other.” We presume that the 
editor speaks for himself in saying 
that " to reject the Christian name 
does not necessarily mean to despise 
either Jesus or his religion.” 
2. The “Monthly Review and 
Religious Magazine,” at Boston, to 
be edited by Edmund H. Sears and 
Rufus Ellis, of whom we may speak in 
the same language as of Mr. Abbot. 
This is an enlargement of the “ Month 
ly Magazine.” “It is to be a peri 
odical, theological, religious, and de 
nominational, whose object shall be still 
to gather and express the best and pro- 
foundest thought of the Unitarian body, 
applied to life and practice, and bearing 
on individual and social progress, upon 
the renewal of the Unitarian body 
within, as well as its growth, exten 
sion, and influence without. It is to 
be not only a religious magazine but a 
monthly theological review, popular 
and distinctively denominational, but 
not sectarian. It shall be liberal, and 
at the same time Christian; liberal to 
wards Trinitarians, and open to all the 
light and the genial influence to come 
from the church of Christ universal; 
liberal towards radicalism or unbelief, 
candid in receiving and profiting by its 
criticisms, by standing ever on the 
revealed Word of God, and owning the 
leadership of Christ alone.” 
3. " Wake and Play,” a newspaper 
for the young, published at Springfield, 
Hermann Grimm, the author of 
the interesting life of Michael Angelo, 
has lately published a novel of modern 
society in three volumes. 1 Its heroine 
and her mother and other characters 
are American, and a great part of the 
action of the novel takes place in 
America. It is therefore as interesting 
to the American as the German reader. 
A young count comes to America to 
find a solution of the enigma offered by 
the present state of society in Ger 
many ; and it is in the study of those 
questions that are now discussed in 
German society, that the interest of the 
book lies. It brings up the subject of 
the nobility, of caste, and class, a sub 
ject which it is difficult for an Ameri 
can to appreciate in all its intricacies; 
and it shows how this question is seeth 
ing in Germany, and what a sea of 
troubles we are freed from in America, 
from the non-existence of such a class 
as the nobility. “ What is to become 
of our counts, our nobles, in these 
days ? ” is the question which the char 
acters of Grimm’s novel set themselves 
to answer. 
The hero is, for a long time, one of 
the least interesting personages in the 
book — from his lack of firmness of 
character. He is a count of a long 
line of descent. His father has dissi 
pated all the riches he inherited, and 
the family estates have necessarily been 
sold. Arthur is forced then to live in 
seclusion, on the little that remains of 
his property, with an old cook, his 
horse, his family pictures, and' just 
enough to support life, — too much, 
one of his friends thinks ; for if he had 
been forced to labor, he would have 
1 Uniiberwindliche Machte (Invincible Powers). 
Roman von Hermann Grimm.

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