Richard von Volkmann-Leander, The Poet

His wide popular recognition came through an unpretentious entrance into the field of imaginative
literature by the production of his fairy tales,
Reveries at French Firesides. The history of the work is
sufficiently given in his preface above. When it was disclosed that the unknown "Leander" of the
Reveries was the famous physician, Volkmann's name became as familiar in the home as it already
was in narrower professional circles, and the Reveries at once took their place in the great treasury
of child literature in which Germany so happily excels. The book, like Volkmann's professional works,
passed through edition after edition in Germany, and has followed the same course in the
English-speaking countries, where it has established itself as a valuable element in German

The stories are marked by simplicity of thought and style, sympathy with the child mind, and a warm
human touch. Some of them are representative of a typically familiar, but never disrespectful,
German treatment of themes toward which the English and American mind maintains a more
reserved attitude. But always the point of view is naif and the conception concrete and picturesque,
like the workings of the youthful mind.

While its matter places the work in the ranks of pure literature, its style is full of colloquial and
homely turns, upon which an adequate appreciation of the story largely depends. Volkmann wrote
the stories for his own children but they are best received by a mature reader who understands the
deeper problems the stories contain.

Richard von Volkmann, The Medical Doctor

He was born in Leipzig August 17, 1830, and died in Jena November 28, 1889. He is counted among
the outstanding surgeons of the 19th century. Early on he devoted himself to the study of medicine
and in 1867 became professor of surgery in the University of Halle. There he had a brilliant career as
teacher, investigator, and practicing surgeon, and soon was ranked among the leading medical
authorities of Germany. His published medical treatises were highly respected in Germany. In his
university work and as surgeon-general during the Franco-Prussian War he did much to advance the
knowledge of antiseptic surgery and to improve the ways operations were performed in military
hospitals and on the battlefield.

R. Arrowsworth
American Book Co.
New York, Cincinnati, Chicago

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Other translations by Charles Cingolani:

Poetry of Eduard Moerike in English Translation
Poetry of Wilhelm Waiblinger
Poetry of Friedrich Theodore Vischer
Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
Poetry of Charles Cingolani

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German-English Translation

The Poetry
Richard Leander
pen name for
Richard von Volkmann

Charles L. Cingolani