1812 – Born on the 28th of February.
– On the completion of his studies at the universities of Tübingen, Munich and Heidelberg he immediately devoted himself to literature.
– His first publication dealt with "Judaism and Recent Literature", and was to be followed by a series of novels taken from Jewish history.
– In these later books, of which "On the Height" is perhaps the most characteristic and certainly the most famous, he revealed an unrivalled insight into the soul of the Southern German country folk, and especially of the peasants of the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps.
1861 – His last books are marked by great subtlety of psychological analysis. "On the Height" was first published at Stuttgart and has been translated into several languages.
1882 – Died at Cannes on the 8th of February shortly before his 70th birthday.