Eckermann, Johann Peter

WRITER (GERMANY)
BORN 21 Sep 1792, Winsen, Hannover - DIED 3 Dec 1854, Weimar
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Friedhof vor dem Frauentor (east of the Fürstengruft)

Eckermann was unable to finish his studies because of a lack of money. He decided to send his volume of poetry "Beyträge zur Poesie mit besonderer Hinweisung auf Goethe" to Goethe himself and in 1823 he visited Goethe himself. On his tombstone can be read that he became Goethe's secretary, but in reality Goethe only gave him occasional jobs.

In 1830 he travelled to Italy with Goethe's son August. After he fell ill he returned to Germany. August died in Italy. In 1831 he was finally able to marry his fiancee Johanna Bertram. She died in 1834 after te birth of their son Karl.

Goethe died in 1832 and had indicated that Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer and Eckermann should publish his literary legacy. But Eckermann was poor and ill and nobody helped him. In 1836 his "Gespräche mit Goethe in den letzten Jahren seines Lebens" was published and two years later a volume of poetry followed. He hardly earned any money with these publications and lived in poor circumstances until his death in 1854.

Grossherzog Karl Alexander paid for his grave near the Fürstengruft in Weimar. His wife's grave also still exists at the same cemetery.

Related persons
• wrote about Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
• travelled with Goethe, Julius August Walter

Sources
Wikipedia (German)
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Gorys, Erhard, Thüringen, Artemis Reis- en Cultuurgids, Kok Lyra, Kampen, 1996

Images

The grave of Johann Peter Eckermann at the Friedhof vor dem Frauenturm, Weimar.
Picture by Androom (05 Feb 2005)

 


Edwards, Edyth

Published: 8 Sep 2013
Last update: 8 Sep 2013