Schlegel, Friedrich von

LAWYER, NOVELIST, CRITIC, PHILOSOPHER (HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE)
BORN 10 Mar 1772, Hannover, Niedersachsen - DIED 12 Jan 1829, Dresden
REAL NAME Schlegel, Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von
GRAVE LOCATION Dresden: Alter Katholischer Friedhof, Friedrichstrasse

Youngest son in a family of seven children and the brother of August Wilhelm von Schlegel. He studied law and letters. In 1797 he went to Berlin, where together with his brother he published the journal "Athenäum". He started an affair with Dorothea Mendelssohn, who was married to the merchant Veit. His novel "Lucinde" (1799) was understood to be about this affair and caused a scandal in Berlin.

Schlegel lectured at the University of Jena (1800-1801) and then went to live with Dorothea (who had divorced her husband) in Paris (1802-1804). In 1804 they married and settled in Köln. In 1808 they became catholics and he went to work for the Austrian court in Vienna. He founded the study of study of Indo-Aryan languages. When the opposition against Napoleon grew he became a spokesman for German liberation. From 1820 until 1823 he was the editor of the Roman Catholic journal Concordia.

Family
• Wife: Mendelssohn, Dorothea

Related persons
• knew Boisserée, Sulpice
• knew Herz, Henriette
• worked for Karl, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Teschen
• is brother/sister of Schlegel, August Wilhelm von
• was a friend of Tieck, Johann Ludwig

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Friedrich von Schlegel

Images

The grave of Friedrich von Schlegel at the Alter Katholischer Friedhof in Dresden.
Picture by Androom (5 Aug 1998)

 


Schmeling, Max

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 18 Dec 2010