German author, critic and poet
graduated in 1825 as Doctor of Law, but did not take this as his profession. After living on different places in Germany, he moved to Paris in 1831 as a correspondent of "Allgemeine Zeitung" (Augsburg) and lived there up to his death. Politically interested and active in Germany as well as later in France, where he joined the Saint-Simonist movement, his works became banned in Germany in 1835 for a while (and again from 1933 to 1945). Suffered since 1848 from a spinal disease, which forced him to remain in his bed day and night. Wrote the poem "Die Lorelei", poetry collections "Gedichte" 1822, "Buch der Lieder" 1827, "Neue Gedichte" 1844, "Romanzero" 1851, "Deutschland - ein Wintermärchen" (Germany - a Winter-Taile).
He also wrote a lot of critical essays mainly on German and French culltural and political circumstances, as the series "Reisebilder" containing "Die Harzreise" and "Die Nordsee". He also wrote essays about the revolutionary movements in France.
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