WILLIBALD ALEXIS , thepseudonym of GEORG WILHELM HEINRICH HARING (1798-1871), German
See also:historical novelist . He was
See also:born on the 29th of
See also:June 1798 at
See also:Breslau, where his
See also:father, who came of a French refugee
See also:family, named Hareng, held a high position in the war department . He attended the Werdersche Gymnasium in Berlin, and then, serving as a volunteer in the
See also:campaign of 1815, took
See also:part in the
See also:siege of the Ardenne fortresses . On his return he studied
See also:law at the
See also:universities of Berlin and Breslau and entered the legal profession, but he soon abandoned this career and devoted himself to literature . Settling in Berlin he edited, 1827-1835, the Berliner Konversationsblatt, in which for the first two years he was assisted by
See also:Friedrich Christoph
See also:Forster (1791–1868) ; and in 1828 was created a
See also:doctor of philosophy by the university of
See also:Halle . In 1852 he retired to
See also:Arnstadt in Thuringia, where after many years of broken
See also:health he died on the 16th of
See also:December 1871 . Haring made his name first known as a writer by an idyll in hexameters, Die Treibjagd (182o), and several
See also:short stories in which the influence of
See also:Tieck is observable; but his
See also:literary reputation was first established by the historical
See also:romance Walladmor (1823), which, published. as being " freely translated from the
See also:English of
See also:Sir Walter
See also:Scott, with a preface by Willibald Alexis," so closely imitated the
See also:style of the famous Scotsman as really to deceive even Scott's admirers . The
See also:work became immediately popular and was translated into several
See also:languages, including English . It was followed by Schloss Avalon (1827), with regard to which the author adopted the same tactics and with equal success . These historical novels, however, were of considerable literary merit, and would doubtless have achieved popularity even without the borrowed plumage . Soon after-wards Haring published a number of successful short stories (Gesammelte Novellen, 4 vols., 1830-1831), some books of travel, and in the novels Das Haus Dusterweg (1835) and Zwolf Ndchte (1838) showed for a while a leaning towards the "
See also:Young German " school . In Cabanis (1832), however, a
See also:story of the
See also:time of
See also:Frederick the
See also:Great, he entered the
See also:field of patriotic-historical romance, in which he so far excelled as to have earned the name of " der Markische Walter Scott " (Walter Scott of the Mark) .
From 1840 onwards he published at short intervals aseries of romances, each dealing with some epoch in the
See also:history of
See also:Brandenburg . Among them may be especially noted Der Roland von Berlin (1840), Der falsche Woldemar (1842), Die
See also:des Herrn von Bredow (1846-1848), Ruhe ist die erste Bib-
See also:gee pflick' (1852), Isegrimm (1854) and Dorothe (1856) . In all these the author shows himself as a keen observer of men and things; the characters, situations and natural surroundings are excellently delineated, and the patriotic feeling which pervades them is not overdone . Haring also made a name for himself in the field of
See also:criminology by commencing in 1842, in conjunction with the publicist,
See also:Julius Eduard
See also:Hitzig (1780-1849), the publication of Der neue Pitaval (continued by A . Vollert, 36 vols.,
See also:Leipzig, 1842-1865; new edition, 24 vols., Leipzig, 1866-1891), a collection of criminal anecdotes culled from all nations and all times . This publication attained great popularity, and is to-
See also:day of psychological
See also:interest and value . His Gesammelte Werke were published in 20 volumes (Berlin, 1874) ; the Vaierlandische Ramane separately in 8 volumes (Berlin, 1881, 1884), and, since the expiry of the
See also:copyright in 1901, in many cheap reprints . Cp . W . Alexis' Erinneiungen, edited by M . Ewert (1900), and essays by Julian
See also:Schmidt (Neue Bilder aus dem geistigen Leben unsrer Zeit, 1873), G . Freytag (Werke, vols .
16 and 23), A . Stern (Zur Literatur der Gegenwart, 1880) and T .
See also:Fontane (in Bayreuther Blotter, vi., 1883) .
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