Frank Wedekind

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  • Michael W. Patterson (De Montfort University Leicester)

Wedekind was arguably the most innovative German dramatist of his day, a writer who helped change the direction of German theatre through his breaking of taboos and his revolution of traditional aesthetics, thus heralding German Expressionism (q.v.) and preparing the way for Bertolt Brecht (q.v.). Moreover, his challenge to conventional morality and the frank treatment of sexuality in his plays have lent him a lasting notoriety.

Benjamin Franklin Wedekind was born in Hanover on 24 July 1864, the son of Hungarian-born actress Emilie Wedekind (née Kammerer) and of Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm …

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Citation:
Patterson, Michael W.. "Frank Wedekind". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 April 2006
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