Gotthold ephraim lessing books and plays
Books by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (Author of Nathan der Weise)His plays and theoretical writings substantially influenced the development of German literature. He is widely considered by theatre historians to be the first dramaturg in his role at Abel Seyler 's Hamburg National Theatre. His father was a Lutheran minister and wrote on theology. Young Lessing studied at the Latin School in Kamenz from to Afra in Meissen.
Books by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
A German critic and dramatist, born at Kamenz, January 22, ; the earliest of the great German classical writers. More than any other, Lessing reformed German literature. His father, pastor at Kamenz, gave him his early instruction, and sent him to a famous school at Meissen, where he learned so rapidly that by royal decree he was admitted at seventeen to the University of Leipzig. Here his sturdy nature almost immediately asserted itself against the smug platitudes of the Leipzig critics. I sought society to learn life. In he printed a little volume of anacreontic verse, and in produced a juvenile play, Der junge Gelehrte.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing , born Jan. He helped free German drama from the influence of classical and French models and wrote plays of lasting importance. His critical essays greatly stimulated German letters and combated conservative dogmatism and cant while affirming religious and intellectual tolerance and the unbiased search for truth. Afra, in Meissen. A gifted and eager student, Lessing acquired a good knowledge of Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, while his admiration for the plays of the Latin dramatists Plautus and Terence fired him with the ambition to write comedies himself. In the autumn of Lessing entered the University of Leipzig as a student of theology.
Jerusalem, An uneasy stalemate exists between the Muslim forces of Saladin and the western Crusaders. Caught in the middle are the Jews. All sides respect Nathan for his wisdom and his wealth. But in a war-zone, no one is secure.
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One of the curiosities of German literature is a spirited little pamphlet called Pope ein Metaphysiker! The argument is tendentious, convoluted and slightly mad, but the overall purpose is clear: to make fun of the learned members of the Royal Prussian Academy and accuse them of dishonouring the memory of their founding president, Gottfried Leibniz. But the plot was stupid as well as devious. He might have borrowed a few phrases from Plato and the English moralists, but he had never engaged in anything like the virtuosic logical reasoning practised by Leibniz. Pope was a poet — not just a versifier, but an inventor and entertainer — and he presented his readers with an elegant dance of words and impressions rather than a long trek through definitions, axioms and proofs.