Van Cleve, John W. Books

Dr. John W. Van Cleve holds a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He currently teaches at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fables and Tales by the German Aesop, C.f. Gellert (1715-1769): A Moral Teacher of the German Nation
2013 0-7734-4514-5
These are translations of fables and tales written by C.F. Gellert. Gellert was an eighteenth century folklorist whose work has been canonized. Critics have argued that the stories are fundamentally homegrown and come from the German people (the “Volk”), and they speak directly to the heart of the people. These works are used less often for moral instruction in contemporary society, something the author laments, but are still important components of German folklore.

Palisades Island. A Translastion of Insel Felsenburg by J.G. Schnabel
2017 978-1-4955-0548-0
Novel is a translation of the German book known as Insel Felsenburg originally published in 1731. Its narrative was first suggested by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719). This German version presents a man and woman shipwrecked on an island in the South Atlantic. They marry and with their children establish a utopian society.