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


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