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Ludwig Rellstab

(1799—1860)


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(Berlin, 1799–1860, Berlin), at first an artillery officer, became an author and journalist. He wrote poems, some of which were set to music by Franz Schubert, including the first seven songs of Schubert's Schwanengesang. His poems appeared in Griechenlands Morgenröte (1822), Gedichte (1827), and Erzählungen, Skizzen und Gedichte (1833). Rellstab provided the libretto for an opera by Bernhard Klein (Dido, 1823) and wrote the tragedies Karl der Kühne (1824) and Eugen Aram (1839); the latter is adapted from Bulwer-Lytton's novel Eugene Aram. He is the author of the historical novel 1812 (4 vols., 1834), his most successful work, and of the novel Der Wildschütz (1835). Musikalische Beurteilungen appeared in 1848, Sommerfrüchte, a collection of stories, in 1852, and his autobiography, Aus meinem Leben (2 vols.), in 1861 Gesammelte Schriften (20 vols.) were published in 1843–8, and posthumously (24 vols.) in 1860–1.

From The Oxford Companion to German Literature in Oxford Reference.

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