The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938 Page: 115

Book Reviews and Notes

improvement in the handling and preservation of important ma-
terials, the historian of the future will have cause to be grateful.
Deutsche Schriften in Texas. By Mrs. Selma Metzenthin-Raunick.
(San Antonio, Texas: "Freie Presse fiir Texas," 1935
and 1936. I, pp. 100, and II, pp. 70. $1.25 per volume.)
The two volumes here reviewed constitute a history of German
literary works produced in Texas. The first volume deals with
poetry, the second with prose. The first volume is divided equally
between the works of past poets and of contemporary poets. In
both parts of the first volume representative poems are reproduced
and brief biographical notes are included. The author comments
at the conclusion of the first part of the first volume that the
poetry of the Texas German pioneers resembles the work of German
poets of the first half of the nineteenth century in form, diction,
style, philosophy of life, and emphasis on certain qualities of
personal character. Only a few of the Texas German poets ex-
perienced the changes which Germany subsequently saw in philos-
ophy and literary forms. Their principal themes were personal
liberty, descriptions of the impressions which Texas made on them,
and the preservation of the German language and of German
song. "Freiheitsdurst, Wanderlust, and Heimatliebe" constituted
the themes of the earlier poets.
Among the pioneer Texas German poets Mrs. Metzenthin-
Raunick lists Ferdinand Lohmann, Adolph Fuchs, Johannes
Romberg, Ludwig Vogel, Fritz Goldbeck, Hermann Seele, Gustav
Eisenlohr, Heinrich Ochs, iulda Saenger-Walter, Gustav Dresel,
Emma Altgelt, Heinrich Kuehne, and Lina Perlitz-Romberg. A
prominent place is given to Pedro Ilgen, Clara Reyes, who wrote
under the pseudonym of "Gertrud Hoff," Leopold Flor, Rudolph
Lentz, and Carl Weeber among the contemporary poets.
The writing of the second volume required much careful research.
Mrs. AMetzenthin-ilaunick includes among the writers of prose
not only those who published books but those whose literary pro-
ductions appeared in newspapers and journals. The first section
of the second volume deals with the early writers in the period


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