Heinrich von Kleist : Studies in the Character and Meaning of his Writings
Part of the University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature series
Ellis's book confronts directly the most central issue of Kleist criticism: the essential nature and meaning of his work.
Rather than provide a general survey of Kleist's writings, Ellis performs an analysis of six of his most mature works: Der Findling, Die Marquise von O. . ., Das Erdbeben in Chili, Der Zweitkampf, Michael Kohlhaas, and Prinz Friedrich von Homburg.
Ellis draws some general conclusions about the uniquely Kleistian character of these six works which are at sharp variance with previous Kleist criticism.