Julius Rodenberg: Tag und Nacht in London. Ein Skizzenbuch zur Weltausstellung. Mit einem Nachwort und Anmerkungen ed. von Stefan Neuhaus (Bibliothek des 19. Jahrhunderts, 2). Hannover: Wehrhahn, 2007. Pp. 334. Kart. 25.00.
As the editor of Deutsche Rundschau, which he founded in 1874, Julius von Rodenberg (18311914) was a key literary figure of post-1871 Germany. In the 1850s and thus roughly at the same time as Theodor Fontane, whose books on Britain, including Ein Sommer in London of 1854, are much better known Rodenberg travelled extensively in England, Wales, and Ireland, with long periods of residence in London. As a result, the strategy of authentication, or authorisation, which he employs in Tag und Nacht in London, namely, to adopt the persona of a seasoned city dweller and flâneur, is, perhaps, more plausible in his case than in those of many other Continental observers of 19th century London life.