Clemens Brentano

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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.


Gesammelte Schriften, vols. 1-9. Frankfurt am Main, 1852-55.
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.
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He contrasts Goethe's treatment of self-reflection with that of Friedrich Schlegel in Lucinda, Novalis in Heinrich von Ofterdingen, and Clemens Brentano in Godwi.