The Marquise of O- and Other Stories Author:Heinrich von Kleist The nightmare shock-tactics and controlled hysteria that Kleist perfected led the classicist Goethe to describe his stories as "tainted with an incurable disease." Yet 150 years later, his characters- men who commit crimes in the name of justice, who rage at dead enemies for denying then their revenge, who are driven insane by beatific experienc... more »e- maintain the reality Kleist's fiction gave them. The Marquise of O is concerned with the effects of extreme social pressure on the individual during a time of crisis..... "a man unique in every respect, whose achievement and career seemed to violate all known codes and patterns., Kleist dedicated himself to his extravagant themes with a passion little short of frenzy."« less
These von Kleist stories rarely have happy endings, but his story plots are startling and original. with von Kleist being born in 1777, most of his stories take place between the 1400 and 1700s. He gives detail in such a way as to gave the reader a good mental picture of the happenings yet he does not bog down the story with the details as some writers unfortunately do. These stories mostly have sad endings, but they are well written. To bad he committed suicide in his early thirties.