Heinrich von Kleist: Das Käthchen von Heilbronn [Cathy of Heilbronn]

(1841 words)
  • William C. Reeve (Queen's University at Kingston Ontario)

When Kleist faced serious financial difficulties and felt depressed by the theatrical situation in northern Germany in the fall of 1807, he decided to create a popular play with a Viennese audience in mind, a resolve that resulted in Das Käthchen von Heilbronn oder Die Feuerprobe. Ein großes historisches Ritterschauspiel [Cathy of Heilbronn or the Trial by Fire. A Great Historic Knightly Drama]. Writing to his friend and promoter Heinrich Joseph von Collin, Kleist recognized his play was too long and advised him: “Use it fully to meet the demands of your stage”. Eventually the Theater an der Wien premiered a revised version on 17 March 1810 in the tradition of the knightly baroque spectacle favored by the Viennese public, …

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Reeve, William C.. "Das Käthchen von Heilbronn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 July 2004
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