Friday, January 17, 2014

Mark Twain And The German Language

Here is a story on our Mark Twain book A Tramp in Berlin on German Pulse:

Mark Twain’s love-hate relationship with the German language is well-known, but often misunderstood. After the author visited Germany in 1878 — Heidelberg, Baden-Baden, the Black Forest —, he wrote the book, “A Tramp Abroad,” with the now-famous appendix, “The Awful German Language”. Here, Twain gripped with the confusing gender of nouns, long-long sentences and long-long-long words.
This is why many people believe that Twain did not like German, let alone spoke it. Nothing could be more untrue. ....

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by Eva C. Schweitzer

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