Brentano, Clemens

Brentano, Clemens

(brĕntä`nō), 1778–1842, German poet of the romantic school; brother of Bettina von Arnim (see under Arnim, Achim vonArnim, Achim or Joachim von
, 1781–1831, German writer of the romantic school. He is best remembered for his work with his brother-in-law, Clemens Brentano, on the folk-song collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn
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). While studying at Halle and Jena he met Wieland, Herder, and Goethe, but his sympathies were with the younger German romantics. With Achim von Arnim he collaborated on Des Knaben Wunderhorn [the boy's magic horn] (1806–8), a folk-song collection that influenced Eichendorff, Heine, the brothers Grimm and several composers, notably Mahler. Brentano wrote plays, lyric poems, fairy tales, and such novellas as Geschichte vom braven Kasperl und dem schönen Annerl (1817, tr. The Story of the Just Casper and Fair Annie, 1927).


See study by J. F. Fetzer (1974).

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Brentano, Clemens


Born Sept. 8, 1778; died July 28, 1842. German writer. Son of an Italian merchant.

Brentano compiled The Boy’s Magic Horn (1806-08), a collection of German popular fairy tales and songs, jointly with L. A. von Arnim. Brentano wrote ballads and stories in the popular style (The Story of Brave Kasperl and Beautiful Annerl, 1817), fairy tales (Gockel, Hinkel and Gackeleia, 1847), and the novel Godwi (1800). He combined realistic portrayal with mystical themes characteristic of German romanticism.


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Ausgewählte Gedichte. Berlin, 1943.
In Russian translation:
In Nemetskaia romanticheskaia povest’, vol. 2. Moscow-Leningrad, 1935.


Heine, H. “Romanticheskaia shkola.” Sobr. soch., vol. 6. Moscow, 1958.
Zhirmunskii, V. M. “Problema esteticheskoi kul’tury v proizvedeniiakh geidel’bergskikh romantikov.” In the collection Zapiski neofilologicheskogo obshchestva, issue 8. Petrograd, 1915.
Mallon, O. Brentano Bibliographic Berlin, 1926.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Des Knaben Wunderhorn ("The Boy's Magic Horn") Anthology of German folk songs, subtitled Alte deutsche Lieder ("Old German Songs"), collected by the poet Brentano, Clemens and the antiquarian Arnim, Achim von and published in 1805-08.