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MELCHOIR MEYR (1810-1871)

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 350 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MELCHOIR MEYR (1810-1871), German poet, novelist and philosopher, was born at Ehringen on the 28th of June 181o, and died at Munich on the 22nd of April 1871. He read law and philosophy at Heidelberg and Munich. His greatest success was the Erzahlungen aus dem Ries (4th ed. Leipzig, 1892), remarkable as an accurate and sympathetic picture of rural life andcharacter. He wrote also tragedies (Herzog Albrecht, 1851; Karl der Kuhnc, 1862), novels (Vier Deutsche, 1861; Ewige Liebe, 1864). and, in later life, philosophical works with a strong religious tendency. Among these were Emilie (philosophical dialogues, 1863), Die Religion des Geistes (1871), Die Fortdauer nach dem Tode (1869), Die Religion and ihre jetzt gebotene Fortbildung (1871), and Gedanken fiber Kunst, Religion and Philosophic (1874). In these works he attempted to develop a Deistic system of philosophy. He was the author of an anonymous work entitled Gesprache mit einem Grobian (1866). See Melchior Meyr. Biographisches, Briefe and Gedichte, edited by Graf Bothmer and M. Carriere (Leipzig, 1874).
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