Geibel, Emanuel

BORN 17 Oct 1815, Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein - DIED 6 Apr 1884, Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein
BIRTH NAME Geibel, Franz Emanuel August
GRAVE LOCATION Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein: Burgtorfriedhof, Travemünder Allee

Emanuel Geibel was the son of the theologist Johannes Geibel (1776-1853) and his wife Elisabeth Louise Ganslandt (1771-1841), who was the daughter of a merchant. He studied at the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn with Friedrich Bleek, Christian August Brandis, Rudolf Heinrich Klausen and Friedrich Gottlieb Welcker. In 1836 he moved to the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Berlin. In Berlin he became friends with Adelbert von Chamisso, Bettina von Arnim and Franz Kugler. August Boekh and Johann Gustav Droysen were his teachers in Berlin.

In 1838 he travelled to Greece, where he had obtained a position as a tutor to the Russian envoy in Athen for three years. In absentia, he received a doctoral degree from the University of Jena on the promise to deliver a dissertation later. After his return in Germany he published "Gedichte" ("Poems") in 1840. After a slow start it became a success. With the help of the art historian Carl Friedrich von Rumohr, in 1842 he received a pension for live from king Friedrich Wilhelm IV. He continued to travel during the next ten years, but always returned to Lübeck between his travels. He published his tragedy "König Roderich" in 1844. His opera libretto "Loreley" (1847) was resulted from an unfinished cooperation with Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. In 1852 he married Amanda Trummer (b.1834), the daughter of a lawyer and an actress.

King Maximilian II Joseph of Bavaria invited him to Munich and there he lived during the winter months until 1868. His wife Amanda died on 21 November 1855 and was buried at the Alte Südfriedhof in Munich. After Maximilian II's death his position in Munich became difficult because of his Prussian sympathies and he lost his pension in Bavaria. He returned to Lübeck, where he was made a honorary citizen in 1869. In the same year he received the Schillerpeis for his drama "Sophonisbe". It was succesfully staged at the Hoftheater in Stuttgart in 1882 with Eleonore Wahlmann-Willführ. From 1873 to 1875 he lived in Schwartau. He returned to Lübeck, where he died in 1884.

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The grave of Emanuel Geibel at the Burgtorfriedhof in Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein. On the far right is the grave of Emil Ferdinand Fehling.
Picture by Androom (05 Feb 2023)


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Published: 19 Mar 2023
Last update: 24 Dec 2023