When Schiller completed Wilhelm Tell as a "New Year's Gift for 1805"
he foretold that it would cause a stir. He was right.
In the midst of Great Power politics a play
which drew substance from one of the
fourteenth-century liberation movements
proved both attractive and inflammatory
. Since then the work as become immensely popular.
This new English translation by William F. Mainland brings out
the essential tragi-comic nature of Wilhelm Tell but also
emphasizes its impressive formal unity.