Christian Fürchtegott Gellert

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Christian Fürchtegott Gellert
BirthplaceHainichen, Saxony

Gellert, Christian Fürchtegott


Born July 4, 1715, in Hainichen; died Dec. 13, 1769, in Leipzig. German author.

Gellert preached about the observance of religious duty and the practice of family virtues in his Lectures on Morality (1770) and Spiritual Odes and Songs (1757; Russian translation, 1785). In the spirit of temperate burgher enlightenment he mocked the arrogance of the nobles and false learning in Fables and Tales (vols. 1-2, 1746-48). His were the first attempts to create a German bourgeois comedy (The Sick Wife, 1747) and an enlightenment novel (The Life of the Swedish Countess of G***, 1746; Russian translation, 1792).


Sämtliche Schriften, vols. 1-10. Berlin, 1856.
Sämtliche Fabeln und Erzählungen, vols. 1-3. Leipzig, 1867.
In Russian translation:
Basni i skazki, parts 1-2. St. Petersburg, 1785-88.


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One of the pioneers in this regard was Christian Furchtegott Gellert, who in hisMoralische Vorlesungen (given from 1751 onwards at the University of Leipzig) linked the idea of honour with that of virtue, and, by emphasizing the professional and vocational life as the domain in which it might be garnered, claimed honour--a quality traditionally reserved to the aristocracy--for persons of all social classes.
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