Heinrich Leopold Wagner

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Wagner, Heinrich Leopold


Born Feb. 19, 1747, in Strasbourg; died Mar. 4, 1779, in Frankfurt am Main. German poet and dramatist of the Sturm und Drang.

The son of a merchant, Wagner worked as a lawyer in Frankfurt am Main. He was close to Goethe. Wagner’s major works—the satire Prometheus, Deucalion, and His Reviewers (1775), the drama Late Repentance (1775), and the play The Infanticide (1776)—were popular because of the sharpness and topicality of the class conflict depicted in them.


Gesammelte Werke, vols. 1-5. Published by L. Hirschberg. Potsdam, 1923. (Edition of vol. 1.)
Sturm und Drang: Dichtungen aus der Geniezeit, part 2. Published by K. Freye. Berlin [1911].


Istoriia nemetskoi literatury, vol. 2. Moscow, 1963. Chapter 15.