Danes in Schleswig; see Allen, pp. 130ff), by the 1920s, his views had taken a far different, decidedly less progressive turn. As he told a reporter for The Independent in an interview following his return from his one and only trip to the United States (he and Asta Nielsen made the crossing on the Hamburg-America Line's Vaterland in May 1914; pp. 1617, fig. 1.1), "I am proud that I haven't a drop of democratic blood in my veins" (The Independent, June 15, 1914). Like that statement, Brandes's work in the post-World War I period (including a series of massive biographies of "great men" that are now largely forgotten but easy to acquire at library book sales in the United States and in used book shops in Germany) no longer incited debates about the problems of the day. Nielsen's work, which embraced the possibilities of that most American of media, the cinema, was doing just that. Beyond the personal connections between the two (Brandes and Nielsen were friends and exchanged letters, but Brandes wrote to pretty much everybody who was famous; it would be far more remarkable had he not written to Nielsen), Allen's book suggests how Brandes's métier
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