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Till Eulenspiegel
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A classic of German literature that spawned a hundred censored, watered-down progeny, Till Eulenspiegel is a cheerfully scatological collection of 95 loosely related fable-like vignettes depicting the life and times of the famous roving jester. The trickster hero devotes his life to deflating the pompus, the rich, the smug, the petty and anyone else who obstructs his merry path. The book includes the entire set of 87 sixteenth-century woodcuts, which some scholars have attributed to Albrecht D urer. It also contains an introduction that establishes the historical context of the tales, discusses the use of satire in the late Medieval and early Renaissance literature, and considers the controversial question of the tales' authorship.
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Introduction. Bibliography. Foreword. 1. How Till Eulenspiegel was born, how he was baptized three times in one day, and who his godparents were. 2. How all the farmers and their wives complained about young Eulenspiegel, saying he was a rogue and a scoundrel; and how he rode behind his father on a horse, quietly letting the people behind him see his arse. 3. How Claus Eulenspiegel moved away from Kneitlingen to the Saale, the river, where his mother was born, where he died; and how his son Till learned to walk the tightrope. 4. How Eulenspiegel relieved the boys of 200 pairs of shoes, over which they fought, making young and old tear their hair over them. 5. How Eulenspiegel's mother treid to convince him to learn a trade-with which she meant to help him.

About the Author

Paul Oppenheimer is Professor of English and Medieval and Comparative Literature at City College, New York. He is the author of Birth of the Modern Mind, Evil and the Demonic, Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Guilt, and Rubens, A Portrait.

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