Kotzebue, August Friedrich Ferdinand von

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Kotzebue, August Friedrich Ferdinand von


Born May 3, 1761, in Weimar; died Mar. 23, 1819, in Mannheim. German writer.

Kotzebue wrote novels, stories, and an enormous number of dramas written for the taste of the German petite bourgeoisie. F. Engels, in a passing reference to Kotzebue’s tragedy The Stranger (1789), noted its inherent tone of “whining descriptions of the misfortunes of the German petite bourgeoisie” (K. Marx and F. Engls, Soch., 2nd ed., vol. 3, p. 577). Kotzebue, a reactionary and an agent of the Holy Alliance, was murdered by the student K. Sand.


Theater, vols. 1–40. Leipzig, 1840–41.
Ausgewählte prosaische Schriften, vols. 1–45. Vienna, 1842–43.
In Russian translation:
Teatr A. fon Kotsebu: Sb. p’es, 2nd ed., parts 1–12. Moscow, 1824.


Jäckh, E. Studien zu Kotzebue’s Lustspieltechnik. Stuttgart, 1900. (Dissertation.)
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