Excerpt from The Archive, Vol. 41: October, 1928 These are, in the last instance, the ideas and the aims that run through all of Hauptmann's finest work and explain its typical coloring. This coloring has become more and more evident the longer he has lived and worked. For this very reason his form has frequently, if not always, been lacking in that final polish which stamps the work of the purely esthetic creator. Beauty is in his soul, in his never sated long ings, and in his external manifestations of both. But it is a beauty of the spirit as much as of the form a beauty of self-knowledge and self-realization no less than of literary or plastic or musical expression. And it is his reverence for this kind of beauty which always has made him feel and resent the division that haunts and hampers our poor human lives as actually lived.
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