Heinrich Leopold Wagner is an important figure of the German Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) movement known for passionate youthful rebellion against both conventional society and traditional literary norms. The movement was promoted by Wagner and his friends and fellow writers Friedrich Klinger, Johann Anton Leisewitz, Friedrich (Maler) Müller, and Jakob (J. M. R.) Lenz, as well as Goethe and Schiller. Wagner’s main works are the plays Die Reue nach der That [Regret after the Deed, 1775] and Die Kindermörderin [The Child-Murderess, 1776]. Admired for theatrical effects and realistic scenes, the two dramas are representatives of the bürgerliches Trauerspiel (bourgois or domestic tragedy),…
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Saur, Pamela S.. "Heinrich Leopold Wagner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 February 2012
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