(Dessau, 1794–1827, Dessau), son of a master tailor, began to study at Berlin University and then volunteered for the army in 1813, serving in a regular battalion (Garde-Jäger). He returned to his classical and Germanistic studies in 1814 and made many friends among the Romantic writers, including Arnim, Brentano, and Fouqué. In 1817 he visited Italy as companion to a nobleman and remained there until 1819. On his return to Dessau he became a schoolmaster and also held the post of ducal librarian. He married in 1821.
From The Oxford Companion to German Literature in Oxford Reference.