Georg Büchner

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  • Gerhard P. Knapp (University of Utah)

Georg Büchner holds a unique place in the German-speaking literary scene of the 19th century and beyond. When he died at age 23, he had been active as a revolutionary in his homeland of Hesse and forced to flee into exile, first in France and later in Switzerland. The author of two acclaimed scientific texts, he had received a doctorate from Zurich University, where he embarked on a prestigious academic career shortly before his death. He left behind three dramas and a narrative text, also a large corpus of philosophical writings predominantly on Descartes and Spinoza: perceptive critiques of early Rationalist thought. His poetic oeuvre by far eclipsed in its originality most of the contemporary literary production. Although the …

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Knapp, Gerhard P.. "Georg Büchner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2003
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Articles on Büchner's works

  1. Dantons Tod: Ein Drama [Danton's Death: A Drama]
  2. Der Hessische Landbote [The Hessian Messenger]
  3. Lenz
  4. Leonce und Lena
  5. Woyzeck