Christian Dietrich Grabbe

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Grabbe, Christian Dietrich


Born Dec. 11, 1801, in Detmold; died there Sept. 12, 1836. German writer.

Grabbe was the son of a prison warden. He studied law at the Universities of Leipzig and Berlin. His first works were the tragedy Duke Theodor von Gothland (written in 1822 and published in 1827), the comedy Farces, Satire, Irony, and Deeper Meaning (published in 1827), and the tragedy Don Juan and Faust (1829). In his tragedies from the unfinished Hohenstaufen cycle, Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa (1829) and Emperor Heinrich VI (1830), and also in his drama Napoleon, or the Hundred Days (1831), Grabbe showed the influence exerted by the masses of people on the fate of his protagonist. His last dramas, Hannibal (1835) and The Herman Battle (1836), portray the ordinary people’s love of freedom in a heroic light, but the conflicts in these dramas always remain tragically undecided. The realistic elements in his work are combined with romantic conventionality.


Sämtliche Werke, vols. 1–6. Berlin, 1912.
Werke und Briefe, vols. 1. 3. Darmstadt, 1960–61. (Uncompleted edition.)
Dramatische Dichtungen, vols. 1–3. Berlin. 1944.


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Richard Cardwell's essay focuses on Byron's influence on Jose de Espronceda; Shona Allan examines the Byronic influence (as well as the Goethean) on the German-speaking Christian Dietrich Grabbe and Nikolaus Lenau; David Herbert writes of Sophia Hyatt, who is said to have haunted Newstead Abbey from the time of her death in 1825; and Cristina Ceron writes of the differing impressions that Byron's heroes left on Emily and Charlotte Bronte's respective creations, Heathcliff and Rochester.
In a similar vein, Allan examines the "potentially Byronic and/or Gothic German ghosts in the Juans and Fausts created by Christian Dietrich Grabbe and Nikolaus Lenau" (145).
3) See Christian Dietrich Grabbe, * Uber die Shakspearo-Manie (1827), in Werke und Briefe, ed.
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