It is the first, and possibly the best, of Sudermann's remarkable psychological studies.
In the pastor Sudermann attempts to paint the altruist in action.
Can Sudermann have purposely set a trap for his moon-struck constituency?
However, Sudermann's virtuosity has plenty of opportunity for display.
Sudermann and Hauptmann hold the ears of men of letters throughout Europe.
This is why I call the book the most pessimistic of all Sudermann's writings.
It would seem that Sudermann was again attacked by his doubting mania.
In this colossal novel, Sudermann has made a searching and masterly study of feminine frailty.
Her room was very nicely kept, and she had on a shelf a novel of Sudermann's and a little book of Rosenthal's sweat shop verses.
Here is where he completely overshadows Sudermann, even Ibsen, for their most successful personages are abnormal.