Heinrich von Kleist

German Romantic writer (1777–1811) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist (18 October 1777  21 November 1811) was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, short story writer and journalist. His best known works are the theatre plays Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, The Broken Jug, Amphitryon and Penthesilea, and the novellas Michael Kohlhaas and The Marquise of O. Kleist died by suicide together with a close female friend who was terminally ill.

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Heinrich von Kleist
BornBernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist
18 October 1777
Frankfurt (Oder), Prussia
Died21 November 1811(1811-11-21) (aged 34)
Kleiner Wannsee, Berlin, Prussia
Occupationpoet, dramatist, novelist, short story writer
Literary movementRomanticism
Notable worksThe Broken Jug, The Marquise of O, Michael Kohlhaas, Penthesilea, The Prince of Homburg

The Kleist Prize, a prestigious prize for German literature, is named after him, as was the Kleist Theater in his birthplace Frankfurt an der Oder.