|PLAYWRIGHT, NOVELIST, CRITIC (GERMANY)|
BORN 11 Feb 1813, Eisfeld, Thüringen - DIED 25 Feb 1865, Dresden, Sachsen|
GRAVE LOCATION Dresden, Sachsen: Trinitatisfriedhof, Fiedlerstraße 1, Johannstadt-Nord (III N)
Otto Ludwig's parents wanted him to pursue a commercial career, but he was more interested in poetry and music. In 1838 he wrote the opera "Die Köhlerin" and this attracted the attention of the Duke of Meiningen. The Duke enabled him to take lessons with Mendelssohn in Leipzig in 1839.
Because of bad health as well as his shyness he broke off his musical career. He moved to Dresden where he turned to writing plays and novels. In 1850 he wrote his play "Der Erbforster". He was an admirer of the works of Shakespeare and criticized the work of Schiller severely. This made him unpopular in Germany.
knew Gutzkow, Karl Ferdinand
was pupil to Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix