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LEVIN SCHUCKING (1814-1883)

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 382 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LEVIN SCHUCKING (1814-1883), German novelist, was born on the estate of Klemenswerth, near Meppen, in Westphalia, on the 6th of September 1814. After studying law at Munich, Heidelberg and Gottingen, he wished to enter the government judicial service, but, confronted by serious difficulties, abandoned the legal career, and settling at Munster in 1837, devoted himselfto literary work. In 1841 he removed to Schloss Meersburg on the Lake of Constance, joined in 1843 the editorial staff of the Allgemeine Zeitung in Augsburg, and in 1845 that of the Kolnische Zeitung in Cologne. In 1852 he retired to his estate, Sassenberg near Munster, and died at Pyrmont on the 31st of August 1883. Among his numerous romances, which are distinguished by good taste and patriotic feeling, largely reflecting the sound, sturdy character of the Westphalians, must be especially mentioned: Ein Schloss am Meer (1843); Ein Sohn des Volkes (1849); Ein Staatsgeheimnis (1854); Verschlungene Wege (1867); Die Herberge der Gerechtigkeit (1879). Schucking wrote a number of short stories: Aus den Tagen der grossen Kaiserin (1858) and Neue Novellen (1877). In Annette von Droste-Hills/toff (q.v.) (1862) he gives a sketch of this poet and acknowledges his indebtedness to her beneficial influence upon his mind. There appeared posthumously, Lebenserinnerungen (1886) and Briefe von Annette von Droste-Hulsho.f and Levin Schucking (1893). His wife, Luise (1815-1855), daughter of the General Freiherr von Gall, in the Hessian service, published some novels and romances of considerable merit. Among the latter may be mentioned Gegen den Strom (1851) and Der neue Kreuzritter (1853). Schucking's Gesammelte Erzdhlungen and Novellen appeared in 6 vols. (1859-1866); Ausgewdhlte Romane (12 vols., 1864; and series, also 12 vols., 1874–1876).
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