See also:born at
See also:Weimar on the 25th of
See also:December 1742, the eldest daughter of the Hofmarschall (
See also:master of the ceremonies) von Schardt . She became in her sixteenth
See also:lady-in-waiting to the duchess Anna Amaiia,the accomplished
See also:mother of Duke Karl
See also:August of Saxe-Weimar . In 1764 she married Freiherr Fried-
See also:rich von Stein, master of the
See also:horse to the duke, and seven
See also:children were the issue of the union . Goethe, who arrived in Weimar in 1775, was soon captivated by the charm of this lady, his
See also:senior by seven years, and the Seelenbund (union of souls) they formed exercised a furthering and ennobling influence upon Goethee's
See also:life and
See also:work . For more than ten years
See also:Charlotte von Stein was his
See also:companion, and by her bright and genial nature and friendship she stimulated his efforts and assuaged his cares . On Goethe's return from Italy in 1788 the previous intimate relations between them were relaxed, and the poet's connexion with Christiane Vulpius still further estranged them . Charlotte's
See also:jealousy and indignation at first. knew no
See also:bounds, and it was only by slow: degrees that friendship was restored . Charlotte von Stein was also intimate with Schiller and his wife, and numerous interesting letters from her are to be found in Charlotte von Schiller and ihre Freunde (vol. ii., 1862) . She became a widow in 1793, but continued to live at Weimar until her
See also:death there on the 6th of
See also:January 1827 . Goethe's letters to Frau von Stein
See also:form one of the most interesting volumes of the poet's
See also:correspondence . Her own letters addressed to him were returned to her at her
See also:request and destroyed shortly before her death . A
See also:prose tragedy,
See also:Dido, written by her in 1792 (published 1867), is of little poetical value .
Goethe's Briefe an Frau von Stein aus den Jahren r776—r82o were edited by A .
See also:Scholl (3 vols., 1848—1851; 2nd ed..by W . Fielitz, 1883—1885; 3rd ed., by J . Wahle, 1900) . See H . Diintzer, Charlotte von Stein (2 vols., 1874) ; id., Charlotte von Stein and
See also:Corona Schroter (1876) ; G . H . Calvert, Charlotte von Stein (Boston and New '
See also:York, 1877) ; and A . Sauer, Frauenbilder aus der Blutezeit der deutschen Literatur (1885); W .
See also:Bode, Charlotte von Stein (191o) .
DANIEL STEIBELT (c. 1764-1823)
BARON VOM HEINRICH FRIEDRICH KARL STEIN
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