Friedrich Schiller: Kabale und Liebe. Ein bürgerliches Trauerspiel [Cabal and Love. A Bourgeois Tragedy]

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  • Gerhard P. Knapp (University of Utah)

Friedrich Schiller completed his Sturm und Drang five-act play Luise Millerin in July 1783 in Bauerbach/ Meiningen. Upon the advice of the actor and fellow-playwright August Wilhelm Iffland (1759-1814), the author changed the title to the catchier Kabale und Liebe. Ein bürgerliches Trauerspiel [Cabal and Love. A Bourgeois Tragedy]. The premiere took place in Frankfurt/Main on 13 April 1784, subsequent performances in Mannheim on 15 April and elsewhere, the text having already been published in March 1784. Initial reception was mixed. No lesser an authority than Karl Philipp Moritz –greatly disturbed by the dramatic conflict and the play’s language – …

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Knapp, Gerhard P.. "Kabale und Liebe. Ein bürgerliches Trauerspiel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 June 2007
[, accessed 01 October 2016.]