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Heinrich von Kleist
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Born Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist
18 October 1777
Frankfurt (Oder), Margraviate of Brandenburg, Holy Roman Empire
Died 21 November 1811(1811-11-21) (aged 34)
Kleiner Wannsee, Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
Occupation poet, dramatist, novelist, short story writer
Nationality German
Literary movement Romanticism
Notable works The Broken Jug, The Marquise of O, Michael Kohlhaas, Penthesilea, The Prince of Homburg

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Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist (18 October 1777 – 21 November 1811) was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, short story writer and journalist. His best known works are the theatre plays Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, The Broken Jug, Amphitryon, Penthesilea and the novellas Michael Kohlhaas and The Marquise of O. Kleist committed suicide together with a close female friend who was terminally ill.

The Kleist Prize, a prestigious prize for German literature, is named after him, as was the Kleist Theater in his birthplace Frankfurt an der Oder.

Works

  • 1803-1807: Der zerbrochne Krug
  • 1807: Amphitryon
  • 1807: Das Erdbeben in Chili
  • 1808: Die Marquise von O....
  • 1808: Die Hermannsschlacht
  • 1808: Penthesilea
  • 1808: Das Käthchen von Heilbronn or Die Feuerprobe.
  • 1810: Das Bettelweib von Locarno
  • 1810: Die heilige Cäcilie oder die Gewalt der Musik. Eine Legende
  • 1810: Über das Marionettentheater
  • 1811: Der Findling

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