(Rüdesheim, now part of Bingen, 1868–1933, Minusio nr. Locarno), the son of a prosperous wine merchant, spent his early childhood (1873–81) in Bingen, and was at the grammar school (Gymnasium) of Darmstadt from 1881 to 1886. He studied at Berlin University, but gave up after three semesters. He possessed ample means throughout his life, never engaged in any profession or trade, never married, and never established any sort of home. He travelled much, visiting most of the countries of central and western Europe, including Britain.
From The Oxford Companion to German Literature in Oxford Reference.