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Pre-World War I anti-German propaganda written in the form of letters.
“We Germans fear not God, but everything else in the world. We are polite only by the force of fear. Consequently – for all men must have their relaxations – whenever we meet the weak, the beneath us, the momentarily helpless, we are brutal. It is an immense relief to be for a moment natural. Every German welcomes even the smallest opportunity.”
“The author deserves our congratulations and hearty thanks. She has written a book which is absorbingly interesting, with much in it of beauty and even more of truth...It would be difficult indeed to find a book in which the state of mind of the German people is pictured so clearly, with so much understanding and convincing detail.....makes it more than probable that it will be long accepted by everybody out of Germany as a document hardly less valuable – perhaps more trustworthy – than the ‘papers’ of assorted colors that have been issued by the belligerents.” -The New York Times
“Those who have wished to make a sharp distinction between the German people and the German Government in connection with the war will be disillusioned by Miss Cholmondeley’s observations.” -New York Post
“The next time some sentimental old lady of either sex, who ‘can’t see why we have to send our boys abroad,’ comes into your vision, and you know they are too unintelligent (they usually are) to understand a serious essay, try to trap them into reading ‘Christine.’ If you succeed we know it will do them good.” -Town and Country
“Absolutely different from preceding books of the war. Its very freedom and girlishness of expression, its very simplicity and open-heartedness, prove the truth of its pictures.” -New York World
“A luminous story of a sensitive and generous nature, the spontaneous expression of one spirited, affectionate, ardently ambitious, and blessed with a sense of humor.” -Boston Herald
“The real force of the book is in the descriptions of the German people who think on all national questions as though their convictions were machine made, as they really are.” -San Francisco Chronicle
“Clever, interesting...The publisher’s announcement regarding the alteration of some names further emphasizes the genuineness of these letters, as do their small personal touches and occasional irrelevancies to the progress of the story.” -The Dial, Volumes 63-64, June 28, 1917
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Elizabeth von Arnim (31 August 1866 – 9 February 1941), born Mary Annette Beauchamp, was an Australian-born British novelist. She also wrote under the pen name Alice Cholmondeley. Her books included Elizabeth and Her German Garden (1898). The Solitary Summer (1899), April Baby's Book of Tunes (1900), The Benefactress (1901), The Ordeal of Elizabeth (1901), The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugen (1904), Princess Priscilla's Fortnight (1905), Fräulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther (1907), The Caravaners (1909), The Pastor's Wife (1914) Christine (1917) (written under the pseudonym Alice Cholmondeley), Christopher and Columbus (1919), In the Mountains (1920), Vera (1921),The Enchanted April (1922), Love (1925),Introduction to Sally (1926), Expiation (1929), Father (1931),The Jasmine Farm (1934), All the Dogs of My Life (autobiography, 1936), and Mr. Skeffington (1940) (Wikipedia).
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