Quirinus Kuhlmann is one of the most remarkable figures among German baroque authors and beyond in all of German literature. He himself regarded his life as a unique “miracle”, before he knew that his journey as a great poet and mystic would – after many fiery and rather grotesque undertakings – end at the stake. He was burned alive together with his books which testify to his chief goal in life: to restore the untainted Adamic word of God in German through his ecstatic language feats. This could only be achieved in his self-assumed role as the new poetic Messiah of the coming kingdom of Jesus.

Born in Breslau (Silesia) on 25 February 1651 to a Lutheran merchant, the first two decades of his life seem to f…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "Quirinus Kuhlmann". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 July 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=11804, accessed 01 July 2015.]