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The Last Maniacal Folly of Heinrich Von Kleist (A FICTION)

Frank Lentricchia and Jody McAuliffe

in Crimes of Art + Terror

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780226472058
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226472089 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226472089.003.0008
The Last Maniacal Folly of Heinrich Von Kleist (A FICTION)

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On the afternoon of November 21, 1811, the writer Heinrich von Kleist was the perpetrator of a murder and the victim of a suicide. This double deed was his greatest crime and most infamous work of art, the enactment at last on the stage of the real world of what he had suggested in his play Penthesilea.

Keywords: playwrights; Penthesilea; murder; suicide

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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