La Motte-Fouqué, Friedrich Heinrich Karl de

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La Motte-Fouqué, Friedrich Heinrich Karl de


Born Feb. 12, 1777, in Brandenburg; died Jan. 23, 1843, in Berlin. German writer.

La Motte-Fouqué first published his works in 1804, under the pen name Pellegrin. During the years 1813–14 he edited the romantic journal Die Musen. His anti-Napoleonic Poems of 1813 betray nationalistic motifs. In the novel The Magic Ring (1813) and in the cycle of heroic dramas The Hero of the North (1808–10), La Motte-Fouqué celebrated the feudal and chivalric life of the Middle Ages. Themes from folklore are evident in The Mandrake (1810) and in Undine (1811; Russian verse translation by V. A. Zhukovskii, 1837), which served as the basis of the first German romantic opera, by E. T. A. Hoffman (1813).


Ausgewählte Werke, vols. 1–12. Halle-Saale, 1841.
In Russian translation:
“Rozaura i ee rodstvenniki.” In Rasskazchik, ili Izbrannye povesti inostrannykh avtorov, izdannye N. Grechem, part 2. St. Petersburg, 1832.


Bykov, A. “Tvorets ‘Undiny.’” Zhivopisnoe obozrenie, 1893, no. 3.
Schmidt, A. Fouquéund einige seiner Zeitgenossen. Karlsruhe, 1958.