Works About Carl Schurz
This is what I have available. The sketch was originally part of Volume Three of the Reminiscences, but for convenience I have extracted it as a separate volume. The original copyright has expired on all material and all the works are freely redistributable. Please let me know about any typographical errors so I can correct them.
Weekly: Carl Schurz Gallery (Freewebtown)|
Harper's Weekly Editorials on Carl Schurz
Carl Schurz's 1881 Visit to Boston
Carl Schurz's Seventieth Birthday Celebration
Carl Schurz, Pilot by Mark Twain
Carl Schurz 1829-1906 by William D. Howells
Isaac Seligman on Carl Schurz
Obituary from the New York Nation
National Civil Service Reform League Memorial Resolutions
Addresses in Memory of Carl Schurz
A Sketch of Carl Schurz's Political Career
Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th edition)
The illustrations in the eBook editions are many times just essential details of the book illustrations. Annotations as to source have been omitted as well as any borders. The HTML and PDF versions of the illustrations retain all this material and are complete reproductions of what is in the books. Free readers for the Palm eBook format for a variety of platforms are available at ereader.com. Due to space limitations, the eBook versions are only available at http://www.freewebtown.com/bobwb/schurz/about/. Titles include:
A Sketch of Carl Schurz's Political Career|
PDF (screen resolution)
The illustrations in the PDF editions are the same dimensions as in the original book except for rare cases where they were wider than the 6.5 inches allowed by the side margins I used. The illustrations for these PDFs are scanned at resolutions suitable for computer screens (100 dpi). Due to space limitations, the PDF versions are only available at http://www.freewebtown.com/bobwb/schurz/about/. Titles include:
A Sketch of Carl Schurz's Political Career (~2M)|
PDF (print resolution)
The illustrations for these PDFs are scanned at resolutions more suitable for printing (300 dpi). Otherwise, they are the same as the 100 dpi editions. Due to space limitations, the PDF versions are only available at http://www.freewebtown.com/bobwb/schurz/about/. Titles include:
A Sketch of Carl Schurz's Political Career (~16M)|
Facsimile versions of many of the titles here can be found at:
The University of Michigan
Library of Congress
It seems appropriate to also mention works not in the public domain about Carl Schurz. The most recent American biography about Carl Schurz appears to be Hans L. Trefousse's very thorough work, Carl Schurz, a biography, which appeared in 1982 and then in 1998 as a second edition. It mentions Schurz's romantic relationship with Fanny Chapman, whom he met in 1879-80, and who is not mentioned much elsewhere in information about him.
From Germany, Carl Schurz: Revolutionär und Staatsmann (Rüdiger Wersich, ed.) is a bilingual (English and German) work recently published in Rastatt, Germany (Hebel Verlag, 1999) in commemoration of the fall of the fortress there in 1849. All its texts are presented in German and English. It contains a new essay written for the occasion by Christine Büttlerin and Eleda Wallis as well as a re-release (3rd edition) of earlier work under this title by Rüdiger Wersich. The main body of the book is a highly abridged version of Schurz's Reminiscences accompanied by an interesting and copious variety of illustrations with very instructive captions.
Also from Germany is Frank M. Schicketanz's thoughtful work The ‘Lebenserinnerungen’ of Carl Schurz: A Critical Reading (Konstanz, Germany: Verlag Hartung-Gorre, 1987) which is based on an earlier doctoral dissertation (Tübinger University, 1986). While written in English, all the citations from Schurz's Reminiscences are from the first volume of the German edition, and are presented without English translation. Page 4 of the book has the curious statement (speaking of Schurz's mother) “he was not to share her religious piety (he became a freemason in America).” It also mentions a book on French history from 1789-1851 which Schurz wrote but could not get published. An inspection of the index for Trefousse's book turned up no mention of freemasonry.
Another critical reader of Schurz's Reminiscences is Michael Boyden. He has published the interesting article “A New Perspective on Carl Schurz's Autobiography” (Yearbook of German-American Studies, Vol. 42 (2007), pp. 9-16). Like myself, he has noticed there are significant differences between the American and German versions of Schurz's work. He suggests Schurz's hesitancy about learning English may have been due to an initial tentativeness in his plans to live in the United States.
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