These works failed to bring the young author as much recognition as his first drama, Die Ehre "Honour", , which inaugurated a new period in the history of the German stage. This play, originally intended to be a tragedy , but on Blumenthal's advice given a " happy ending ," was a pseudo- Nietzschean attack on the morality of the lowly.
She was a widow and already had three children from her previous short-lived marriage, and she would have one child with Sudermann: Another successful drama, Heimat , was translated into English as Magda In this play, Sudermann emphasizes the right of the artist to a freer moral life than that of the petty bourgeoisie. It has some of the moralistic and didactic tendency of the later French dramatists, especially the younger Dumas , and all of their technical finesse. He had a large following in Japan.
During the 20th century, his plays were the basis of more than thirty films. In , he moved to a mansion with extensive grounds at Blankensee , and used his new-found wealth to collect paintings and sculpture, and to take trips to Italy, Greece, Egypt and India.
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The most important of his later works are Litauische Geschichten "Lithuanian Stories", , translated as The Excursion to Tilsit , a realistic portrait of his homeland, and a volume of memoirs in His last major work, written after the death of his wife in , was Die Frau des Steffen Tromholt "The Wife of Steffen Tromholt", , a semi-autobiographical novel, which turned into a movie in named Wonder of Women.
He had a stroke in , and died of a lung infection shortly afterwards, in Berlin, aged Sudermann's nationalism, and his delight in romanticized ideas of ethnicity and homeland, particularly noticeable in his later works, made him a favourite during World War II. The film Die Reise nach Tilsit was based on his short story of the same title.
After , his plays and novels were almost completely forgotten. Margaret Wallace of The Bookman wrote:.
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Of these four stories of Lithuanian peasants, only one, "Miks Bumbullis", depends for its effect upon purely national traits and circumstances. They are, for the most part, founded solidly upon the fundamental and inescapable human facts of birth and love and death. They are moving and tragic and, above all, intensely and vividly alive.
The Outlook reviewed the book:. Excursion to Tilsit by Hermann Sudermann is a collection of powerful short stories dealing with the life of Lithuanian peasants. The author has observed them sympathetically and at first hand.
Nominal Catholics, they still live in fear of pagan gods, giving even their lives to propitiate them. Among the stories, that of Jons and Erdma who, having built a home by tricks and cunning are tricked out of it at last by their daughters, compares favorably with Turgeniev's Lear of the Steppes as a story of faith and treachery.
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