[The six items below are undated as to day or month (only as to year), and are not datable by internal evidence. They have been assigned the above date so as to preserve their position within the diary.]

Ser. A, {6}

Gerhart Hauptmanns „Fuhrman-Henschel“ 1 (98)
Ein zwar wahres, tieftrauriges Stück, ‒ doch leider von jeglichem Trost die Kunst entblößt. [draft in Ser. B, p. 2]

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Zola: „Germinal“ (1898)
Viel auch von Victor Hugo’s so grausam gehäufter u. stark vergeudeter Romantik darin. Sucht er gerade damit Wirkung auf den Leser zu erzwingen? Jedenfalls, trotz Wahrheitsübereifer, poetisch. [draft in Ser. B, p. 2]

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König Lear v. Shakespeare (1898)
Eine Tragödie des Alters, wohl auch eine der Undankbarkeit. Sehnsucht nach Liebe im Menschen am größten am Anfang, u. am Ende des Lebens, ‒ gleichsam in der Nähe des ersten u. des letzten Menschenwunders der Geburt u. des Todes . . . Ehe man vom Leben scheidet, will man noch Liebe gleichsam als Ersatz für die liebeleere ewige Zukunft des Nichts in Fülle, wenigstens nach Maß der eigenen Aufnahmsfähigkeit, genießen. In des Lebens Mitte aber ist Selbstbescheidung u. Genügsamkeit. ‒ [draft in Ser. B, p. 4]

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Kultur (1898)
Der Mensch lernt zwei Extremitäten beim Gehen sparen: Füße werden zu Händen . . . Indem er durch dieses Kräfteersparnis gelernt hat, für den nächsten Tag vorzu- Ser. A, {7} sorgen, lernt er nun eben auch die Zeit ersparen, die die tägliche Beschaffung der Nahrung im freien Kampf ‒ siehe das Tierleben, ‒ sonst in Anspruch genommen hätte . . . . Wie nun aber die abgerungene lange, freie Zeit benützen? Das allein ist das Kulturproblem! . . Ich fürchte, der Mensch hat bereits zu lange u. zu viel g erspart, so daß er schließlich zum Bewußtsein der Langenweile[sic] kommen mußte . . Nun lebt er denn doch zu lange im Verhältnis zu den Ersparnissen an Kraft offenbar denn doch zu lange! [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

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1898
G. Mahler (Symph.) Aergerlich unreif u nichtskönnend desto lächerlicher die pietätlose Prätension. [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

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1898
R. Thoma (bei Mielhke). Innig, fast gläubig. [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

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© Transcription Ian Bent, 2017

[The six items below are undated as to day or month (only as to year), and are not datable by internal evidence. They have been assigned the above date so as to preserve their position within the diary.]

Ser. A, {6}

Gerhart Hauptmann's Henschel the Wagoner 1 (98)
An admittedly true, deeply sad play ‒ but the art is sadly destitute of any consolation. [draft in Ser. B, p. 2]

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Zola: Germinal (1898)
There is much of Victor Hugo's cruelly piled up and intensely dissipated romanticism in it. Is he trying by those means to force an effect directly upon the reader? At any rate, despite overzealousness with the truth, it is poetic. [draft in Ser. B, p. 2]

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King Lear by Shakespeare (1898)
A tragedy of old age, perhaps also one of ingratitude. One's longing for love is greatest at the beginning and end of one's life ‒ as it were, in proximity to the first and last of the human miracles of birth and death. ... Before one departs this life one still wants to enjoy love, as if in compensation for the loveless eternal future of total oblivion, at least insofar as one is receptive to it. In the midst of life, however, is self-imposed moderation and frugality. [draft in Ser. B, p. 4]

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Culture (1898)
Man learns to dispense with two extremities when walking: feet become hands. ... In having learned through this economy of effort to make provision for the next day, Ser. A, {7} he now also learns to save the time that the daily procurement of nourishment in free competition ‒ cf. the lives of animals ‒ would otherwise have demanded. ... But how is he now to put the long stretches of free time that he has attained to good use? This in itself is the problem of culture! ... I fear that man has already for too long dispensed with too much, such that he has finally come face to face with boredom . ... But now, in comparison with his savings of effort, he is evidently living too long! [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

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1898
G. Mahler (symphony) Annoyingly, immature and incompetent, therefore its irreverent pretentiousness is all the more ridiculous ... [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

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1898
R. Thoma (bei Mielhke). Heartfelt, almost pious. [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

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© Translation Ian Bent, 2017

[The six items below are undated as to day or month (only as to year), and are not datable by internal evidence. They have been assigned the above date so as to preserve their position within the diary.]

Ser. A, {6}

Gerhart Hauptmanns „Fuhrman-Henschel“ 1 (98)
Ein zwar wahres, tieftrauriges Stück, ‒ doch leider von jeglichem Trost die Kunst entblößt. [draft in Ser. B, p. 2]

*

Zola: „Germinal“ (1898)
Viel auch von Victor Hugo’s so grausam gehäufter u. stark vergeudeter Romantik darin. Sucht er gerade damit Wirkung auf den Leser zu erzwingen? Jedenfalls, trotz Wahrheitsübereifer, poetisch. [draft in Ser. B, p. 2]

*

König Lear v. Shakespeare (1898)
Eine Tragödie des Alters, wohl auch eine der Undankbarkeit. Sehnsucht nach Liebe im Menschen am größten am Anfang, u. am Ende des Lebens, ‒ gleichsam in der Nähe des ersten u. des letzten Menschenwunders der Geburt u. des Todes . . . Ehe man vom Leben scheidet, will man noch Liebe gleichsam als Ersatz für die liebeleere ewige Zukunft des Nichts in Fülle, wenigstens nach Maß der eigenen Aufnahmsfähigkeit, genießen. In des Lebens Mitte aber ist Selbstbescheidung u. Genügsamkeit. ‒ [draft in Ser. B, p. 4]

*

Kultur (1898)
Der Mensch lernt zwei Extremitäten beim Gehen sparen: Füße werden zu Händen . . . Indem er durch dieses Kräfteersparnis gelernt hat, für den nächsten Tag vorzu- Ser. A, {7} sorgen, lernt er nun eben auch die Zeit ersparen, die die tägliche Beschaffung der Nahrung im freien Kampf ‒ siehe das Tierleben, ‒ sonst in Anspruch genommen hätte . . . . Wie nun aber die abgerungene lange, freie Zeit benützen? Das allein ist das Kulturproblem! . . Ich fürchte, der Mensch hat bereits zu lange u. zu viel g erspart, so daß er schließlich zum Bewußtsein der Langenweile[sic] kommen mußte . . Nun lebt er denn doch zu lange im Verhältnis zu den Ersparnissen an Kraft offenbar denn doch zu lange! [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

*

1898
G. Mahler (Symph.) Aergerlich unreif u nichtskönnend desto lächerlicher die pietätlose Prätension. [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

*

1898
R. Thoma (bei Mielhke). Innig, fast gläubig. [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

*

© Transcription Ian Bent, 2017

[The six items below are undated as to day or month (only as to year), and are not datable by internal evidence. They have been assigned the above date so as to preserve their position within the diary.]

Ser. A, {6}

Gerhart Hauptmann's Henschel the Wagoner 1 (98)
An admittedly true, deeply sad play ‒ but the art is sadly destitute of any consolation. [draft in Ser. B, p. 2]

*

Zola: Germinal (1898)
There is much of Victor Hugo's cruelly piled up and intensely dissipated romanticism in it. Is he trying by those means to force an effect directly upon the reader? At any rate, despite overzealousness with the truth, it is poetic. [draft in Ser. B, p. 2]

*

King Lear by Shakespeare (1898)
A tragedy of old age, perhaps also one of ingratitude. One's longing for love is greatest at the beginning and end of one's life ‒ as it were, in proximity to the first and last of the human miracles of birth and death. ... Before one departs this life one still wants to enjoy love, as if in compensation for the loveless eternal future of total oblivion, at least insofar as one is receptive to it. In the midst of life, however, is self-imposed moderation and frugality. [draft in Ser. B, p. 4]

*

Culture (1898)
Man learns to dispense with two extremities when walking: feet become hands. ... In having learned through this economy of effort to make provision for the next day, Ser. A, {7} he now also learns to save the time that the daily procurement of nourishment in free competition ‒ cf. the lives of animals ‒ would otherwise have demanded. ... But how is he now to put the long stretches of free time that he has attained to good use? This in itself is the problem of culture! ... I fear that man has already for too long dispensed with too much, such that he has finally come face to face with boredom . ... But now, in comparison with his savings of effort, he is evidently living too long! [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

*

1898
G. Mahler (symphony) Annoyingly, immature and incompetent, therefore its irreverent pretentiousness is all the more ridiculous ... [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

*

1898
R. Thoma (bei Mielhke). Heartfelt, almost pious. [draft in Ser. B, p. 6]

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© Translation Ian Bent, 2017

Footnotes

1 Hauptmann's five-act naturalistic-realist play, set in the 1860s, was written in 1897‒98, first performed in Berlin on November 5, 1898, and first published in 1899. The première was reviewed in the Neue freie Presse for November 6 (p. 9), and reported the play's success with the public, briefly outlining the plot. The basis for Schenker's comments is unclear: did they come from a detailed newspaper report; or is this entry misdated and did he write it after reading the text in 1899?