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Franz Grillparzer - Early life, Early works up to Das goldene Vlies, Historical tragedies, Slip into depression

vienna poet

Dramatic poet, born in Vienna, Austria. He studied at the University of Vienna, and worked in the imperial civil service (1813–56). He first attracted literary attention with a tragedy, Die Ahnfrau (1817, The Ancestress), and was appointed poet to the Hofburgtheater in 1818. He wrote 12 tragedies and one comedy, as well as lyric poetry and a novel. His plays are considered to be some of the best written for the Austrian stage.

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