Excerpt from Auswahl Aus Luthers Deutschen Schriften: Edited With Introduction and Notes
There is no other German writer whose work Is so much praised and so little read by foreigners as Martin Luther's. This is due, in part at least, to its inaccessibility. The com plete edi... tions of his works are so bulky and costly that few private libraries can possess them, while there are no volumes of extracts prepared for American college students. Even the reprints and annotated extracts intended for students in Germany leave something to be desired. The diplomatic reprints edited by Professor Braune are too difficult for any but advanced students in philology, while the volumes of Wolf, Neubauer, von 'haseiostlin, and Zimmer either lack in comprehensiveness or take too great liberties with the text. Bearing In mind that the American college student may not read more than'one volume of Luther's writings, the editor has taken his selections from the whole course of Luther's life, and chosen as far as possible those writings which have intrinsic literary or historical worth. Of each of the reformer' s greatest works enough is given to outline the whole. At the same time the text has been left in a condition to be sound material for practice studies of Luther's style, vocabulary syntax, accidence, and phonology. A normalized text, i.e.
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