Johann Paul Friedrich Richter: Siebenkäs [Siebenkäs]

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At the dawn of German Romanticism, Jean Paul (Johann Paul Friedrich Richter) published his most popular novel Siebenkäs under the lengthy title Blumen-, Frucht- und Dornenstücke oder Ehestand, Tod und Hochzeit des Armenadvokaten F. St. Siebenkäs im Reichsmarktflecken Kuhschnappel [Flower, Fruit and Thorn Pieces Or the Married Life, Death and Wedding of the Advocate of the Poor, Firmian Stanislas Siebenkas] in three volumes (1796-97, 2nd. ed. 1818, reworked). As the bizarre title suggests, this is a humorous work with serious implications: The “thorny pieces” refer to the realistic depiction of married life in a small town, and the inversion of “death” and “…

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Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "Siebenkäs". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 January 2007
[, accessed 25 November 2015.]