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Excerpt from The Nature Background in the Dramas of Gerhart Hauptmann
And it was still the same idea that found expression in the short story Bahnwiirter Thiel By this time, however, his study of the natiiral sciences and particularly of Darwin's teachings, his reading of. Zola and his contact with the Berlin group of literary critics had combined to turn him to a partial use of the naturalistic method. Already favorably disposed to naturalism, then, he became a ready convert to the extreme prin ciples of Arno Holz, who, during his visit in Niederschbnhausen, read to him sketcheé from Papa Hamlet, depicting without reserve the most repulsive features of poverty, filth, and lewdness. The significance of this incident in Hauptmann's literary career is proved by the often quoted dedication of V or S onnenaufgang, dated July 8, 1889 B j arne P. Holmsen dem konsequentesten Realisten, Verfasser von 'papa Hamlet' zugeeignet in freudiger Anerkennung der durch sein Buch empfangenen entscheidenden Anregung.
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