BORN 29 Nov 1839, Wien - DIED 10 Dec 1889, Wien: Amerlingstraße 2|
CAUSE OF DEATH anthrax
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 14 A, Nummer 01)
Son of a bookkeeper with a peasant backgroud. His father wrote poems in the style of Schiller and had one play produced. When he was five years old his gather died but his mother managed to enable him a proper education. In 1855 he left school because of bad results and the following years he worked at a bookstore.
When he was nineteen he became an actor, travelling through Austria during the next ten years, but he could never get rid of his dialect. In 1866 he returned to Vienna. He wrote several drama's but without success. In 1869 he became a clerk at the Viennese police quarters and the next hear he wrote "Der Pfarrer von Kirchfeld" ("The Priest from Kirchfeld"). This play was staged at the Theater an der Wien and a sudden success. He immediately became a professional writer.
In 1873 he married the 16-year old Adelinde Lipke, the sister of a childhood friend. It was a stormy marriage that produced three children but ended in a seperation in 1889.
Anzengruber's plays, mostly about Austrian peasant life, were successful in several European countries. In 1878 he received the Schiller Prize. From 1882 to 1885 he edited the newspaper "Die Heimat". In 1888 he became the dramatist of the Volkstheater Wien. This theatre opened in September 1889 with his play "Der Fleck auf der Ehr" ("The Stain on Honour"). Shortly afterwards he fell ill with anthrax and he died in December.
knew Christen, Ada
had work performed by Geistinger, Marie
has a connection with Niese, Hansi
influenced Stavenhagen, Fritz
Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Ludwig Anzengruber - Wikipedia