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Heinrich von Kleist

(1777—1811)

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Adam Heinrich Müller

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(Berlin, 1779–1829, Vienna),

ennobled (1826) as Ritter von Nittersdorf and known as Adam Müller, was the son of a Prussian civil servant, and was for a time a private tutor ...

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Adolf von Wilbrandt

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(1837–1911)

German playwright and director who worked at the Burgtheater in Vienna in the 1870s and 1880s (artistic director 1881–8). He maintained the Burgtheater's tradition of...

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Amphitryon. Ein Lustspiel nach Molière

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A three-act blank-verse comedy by H. von Kleist, completed and published in 1807. As the sub-title indicates, this comedy is an adaptation of Molière's Amphitryon (1668), which in turn is...

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Avignon Festival

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Founded by Jean Vilar in 1947, as part of the decentralizing of French theatre. Vilar, director of the Théâtre National Populaire (1951–63), continued to develop the Festival until his...

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Berliner Abendblätter

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A periodical edited and partly written by H. von Kleist, which included patriotic material in its later numbers. It appeared from October 1810 to April 1811.

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Bernard Sobel

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(1936– )

French director. Strongly influenced by the Berliner Ensemble, Sobel's early work included assisting both Benno Besson and Jean Vilar. With Jacques Roussillon, he founded...

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Bruno Ganz

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(1941– )

Swiss-born German actor. As the current bearer of the Iffland-Ring, Ganz can be officially considered the most important living German stage actor. He came to attention in...

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Burgtheater

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Founded in 1741 as the Habsburg court theatre in Vienna, in 1776 Emperor Josef II designated it as a ‘German National Theatre’. The Burgtheater's first flowering came under Joseph...

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Caspar Neher

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(1897–1962)

German designer, whose career was inextricably linked with that of his schoolfriend Bertolt Brecht. From 1918 to 1922 Neher studied in Munich. His first stage design...

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Das Bettelweib von Locarno

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A brief story by H. von Kleist, published in the Berliner Abendblätter in 1810 and in vol. 2 of Erzählungen (1811). It relates the heartless treatment of an old beggar ...

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Das Erdbeben in Chili

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A Novelle by H. von Kleist which was published in serial form in Cotta's Morgenblatt für gebildete Stände in 1807 with the title Jeronimo und Josephe. Eine Scene aus dem ...

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Das Fräulein von Scuderi

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A Novelle by E. T. A. Hoffmann, sub-titled Erzählung aus dem Zeitalter Ludwigs des Vierzehnten. After its completion in 1818, it was published in 1819 in the Taschenbuch für Liebe ...

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Der Findling

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A story by H. von Kleist, published in 1811 in Erzählungen (vol. 2). The foundling, Nicolo, is an orphaned boy whom a wealthy Roman trader, Antonio Piachi, has adopted after ...

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Der zerbrochne Krug

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A full-length one-act comedy in blank verse by H. von Kleist, written between 1802/03 and 1807. Goethe produced his own stage version of Kleist's MS. (Lustspiel in drei Aufzügen) in ...

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Der Zweikampf

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A Novelle by H. von Kleist, published in Erzählungen (vol. 2) in 1811. Froissart's Chronique de France (15th c.) inspired this story which, set against the background of 13th-c. imperial ...

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Die heilige Cäcilie oder Die Gewalt der Musik

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A story (Legende) by H. von Kleist, first published in a short version in 1810 in the Abendblätter, and in full in Kleist's Erzählungen, vol. 2, in 1811. Against a ...

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Die Hermannsschlacht

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A five-act play (Ein Drama) in blank verse by H. von Kleist, written in 1808–9, and published by L. Tieck in 1821. It was written under the impact of the ...

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Die Marquise von O …

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A Novelle by H. von Kleist, published in Phöbus in 1808, and in Erzählungen (vol. 1) in 1810. The heroine of the title, Julietta, Marquise von O …, is a ...

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Die Verlobung in St. Domingo

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A Novelle by H. von Kleist, which was first published in instalments in the Berlin journal Der Freimütige in March and April 1811 and included in the collected edition of ...

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Dresden

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A city in eastern Germany, the capital of Saxony, on the River Elbe. Famous for its baroque architecture, it was almost totally destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945, and is sometimes...

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