Adolf Glassbrenner

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Glassbrenner, Adolf


Born Mar. 27, 1810, in Berlin; died there Sept. 25, 1876. German satirist.

In the early 1830’s Glassbrenner edited and published humorous and satirical works. He was often subjected to repressive measures. He wrote essays and witty sketches about German philistines. In the anthology Forbidden Poems of a Certain German Poet (published anonymously in Switzerland in 1844) and in the long satirical poem The New Reynard the Fox (1846), he exposed the nobility, feudal-religious reactionaries, and police procedure. During the Revolution of 1848, Glassbrenner defended republican ideas. He was exiled from Prussia in 1850 but returned to Berlin in 1858 and continued his journalistic activity.


Unsterblicher Volkwitz, vols. 1-2. Edited by K. Gysi and K. Böttcher. Berlin [1954].
Neuer Reineke Fuchs. [Berlin] 1957.


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Discussing Adolf Glassbrenner's texts and Theodor Hosemann's and Franz Burchard Ddrbeck's engraved frontispieces from the serial Berlin, wie es ist und--trinkt (1832-50), Clark argues that, however effective these popular portraits were, they eventually showed their limitations as middle-class images, even cliches, of the lower classes.
The most prominent of these are Ludwig Feuerbach's Theologisch-satirische Xenien (1830), Georg Herwegh's Xenien (1843), Adolf Glassbrenner's and Daniel Sanders's Xenien der Gegenwart (1850), and Johannes Bobrowski's Literarisches Klima: Ganz neue Xenien, doppelte Ausfuhrung (1977).
Adolf Glassbrenner may today be known as the author and editor of various satirical 'Volkskalender' in the 1830s and 1840s such as Berlin wie es ist und--trinkt.