See also:born at Eisfeld in Thuringia, on the 11th of
See also:February 1813 . His
See also:father, who was
See also:syndic of Eisfeld, died when the boy was twelve years old, and he was brought up amidst uncongenial conditions . He had devoted his leisure to
See also:poetry and
See also:music, which unfitted him for the
See also:mercantile career planned for him . The
See also:attention of the duke of
See also:Meiningen was directed to one of his musical compositions, an
See also:opera, Die Kohlerin, and Ludwig was enabled in 1839 to continue his musical studies under Mendelssohn in
See also:Leipzig . But
See also:health and constitutional shyness caused him to give up a musical career, and he turned exclusively to
See also:literary studies, and wrote several stories and dramas . Of the latter, Der Erbforster (185o) attracted immediate attention as a masterly psychological study . It was followed by Die Makkabaer (1852), in which the realistic method of Der Erbforster was transferred to an
See also:historical milieu, which allowed more brilliant colouring and a freer
See also:play of the
See also:imagination . With these tragedies, to which may be added Die Rechte
See also:des Herzens and DasFraulein von Scuderi, the
See also:comedy Hans
See also:Frey, and an unfinished tragedy on the subject of
See also:Bernauer, Ludwig ranks immediately after Hebbel as Germany's most notable dramatic poet at the
See also:middle of the 19th century . Meanwhile he had married and settled permanently in
See also:Dresden, where he turned his attention to fiction . He published a series of admirable stories of Thuringian
See also:life, characterized by the same attention to minute detail and careful psychological analysis as his dramas . The best of these are Die Heiteretei and ihr Widerspiel (1851), and Ludwig's masterpiece, the powerful novel, Zwischen
See also:Himmel and Erde (1855) . In his
See also:Shakespeare-Studien (not published until 1891) Ludwig showed himself a discriminating critic, with a
See also:fine insight into the hidden springs of the creative imagination .
See also:great, however, was his
See also:enthusiasm for Shakespeare, that he was led to depreciate Schiller in a way which found little favour among his countrymen . He died at Dresden on the 25th of February 1865 . Ludwig's Gesammelte Schriften were published by A . Stern and E .
See also:Schmidt in 6 vols . (1891–1892) ; also by A .
See also:Bartels (6 vols., 1900) . See A . Stern,
See also:Otto Ludwig, ern Dicttterleben (1891; and ed., 1906), and A . Sauer, Otto Ludwig (1893) .
KARL FRIEDRICH WILHELM LUDWIG (1816—1895)
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