The eighteenth century German poet Gottfried August Bürger had a huge influence on the literary Romantic movement. His famous 'Lénore' was rapidly translated into most European languages and became the subject of paintings, plays and musical works. It tells the Gothic tale of a young woman, waiting for her fiancé to return from war. After railing against God, someone who looks like her William appears and carries her off in the dead of night at ferocious speed, supposedly to her marriage bed...
This handsome new edition, from an early French translation of Bürger's best known ballads, includes Lénore, La fille du pasteur de Taubenhain, Le frère gris et la pelerine, L'enlèvement, La chasse infernale and Lenardo et Blandine.