Heinrich Leopold Wagner

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Heinrich Leopold Wagner is an important figure of the German

Sturm und Drang

(Storm and Stress) movement known for passionate youthful rebellion against both conventional society and traditional literary norms. The movement was promoted by Wagner and his friends and fellow writers Friedrich Klinger, Johann Anton Leisewitz, Friedrich (Maler) Müller, and Jakob (J. M. R.) Lenz, as well as Goethe and Schiller. Wagner’s main works are the plays

Die Reue nach der That


Regret after the Deed

, 1775] and

Die Kindermörderin


The Child-Murderess

, 1776]. Admired for theatrical effects and realistic scenes, the two dramas are representatives of the

bürgerliches Trauerspiel

(bourgois or domestic tragedy), which brought social problems to the stage and established the fates of middle class or…

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Citation: Saur, Pamela S.. "Heinrich Leopold Wagner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 February 2012 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=11794, accessed 03 March 2024.]

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