Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: Minna von Barnhelm oder Das Soldatenglück [Minna of Barnhelm, or Soldiers' Fortune] (2633 words)

Friederike von Schwerin-High
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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s earlier comedies (Der Freigeist [The Free Spirit], Die Juden [The Jews]) gained him a fair amount of immediate success, but Minna von Barnhelm, the last comic play he ever wrote, is considered his most accomplished comedy. Presenting the year of the play’s composition, “verfertigt im Jahre 1763”, the title page emphasizes the timeliness and topicality of Minna von Barnhelm. Whereas Lessing’s other famous plays all use devices of éloignement, i. e. historical and geographical distancing – Emilia takes place in Italy and is …

von Schwerin-High, Friederike. "Minna von Barnhelm oder Das Soldatenglück". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 November 2006
[, accessed 17 January 2019.]

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