Philipp von Zesen


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(Priorau nr. Dessau, 1619–89, Hamburg), poet, philologist, and novelist who, after attending school in Halle headed by the philologist Guientz, studied from 1631, in Wittenberg where he attended lectures by August Buchner. In 1641 he moved to Hamburg, and in 1642 to the Netherlands, where he spent much of his life. His journey to Germany in 1648 in an attempt to achieve acceptance into the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft was successful and he became a member under the name der Wohlsetzende. In 1653 he was ennobled at the Reichstag in Regensburg. From 1656 to 1667 he lived in the Netherlands and from then until his death he resided mainly in Amsterdam or Hamburg.


From The Oxford Companion to German Literature in Oxford Reference.

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