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.


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


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The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Segun las visiones de la beata Ana Catalina Emmerick recogidas por Clemens Brentano, Madrid: Cristiandad, 2015, 309 pp., 13 x 20,5, ISBN 978-84-7057-605-8.
In Part Two, Maggi explores Basile's influence within Romantic Germany, focusing on how his versions of the Cupid and Psyche myth were interpreted and reappropriated by writers like Clemens Brentano, whose Italian Fairy Tales (1846-47) included adaptations of eleven of Basile's tales, and the Brothers Grimm, who summarized all fifty of Basile's tales in their 1822 edition of Children's and Household Tales.
669--"the little hunched-back man in the nursery song": Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano's song collection The Boy's Magic Horn (1805-08)
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.
Bettina was also the wile of Achim von Arnim, the celebrated poet and novelist who is perhaps best known for compiling the "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" collection in collaboration with Clemens Brentano. Bettina herself was a novelist of note, a minor composer, and a social activist who advanced a number of progressive causes, including the social and legal rights of 'Germany's women and Jewish citizens.
Clemens Brentano's Gypsies are cosmopolitan heroes triumphing over cultural difference in a Romantic utopia, while Gottfried Keller and Wilhelm Raabe display a critical awareness of the harsh reality that confronted Roma and Sinti in their daily lives as targets of persecution in a police state.
(6) Many scholars believe that the "19th-century German Romantic poet Clemens Brentano, who recorded and then embellished Emmerich's mystical vision, wrote the diaries" (Forward, June 11, 2004).
First published in 1833, The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ is a work based on visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich, a stigmatic German nun of the Augustinian order expected to be beatified soon, as recorded by author Clemens Brentano. Perhaps most widely known for its influence upon Mel Gibson's blockbuster movie "The Passion of the Christ".