Christian Dietrich Grabbe  

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Christian Dietrich Grabbe (11 December 1801 – 12 September 1836) was a German dramatist of the Vormärz era. He wrote many historical plays conceiving a disillusioned and pessimistic world view, with some shrill scenes. Heinrich Heine saw him as one of Germany's foremost dramatists, calling him "a drunken Shakespeare" and Sigmund Freud described Grabbe as "an original and rather peculiar poet."

He wrote many historical plays and is also known for his use of satire and irony. He suffered from an unhappy marriage.

Heinrich Heine saw him as one of Germany's foremost dramatists, calling him "a drunken Shakespeare". Even though Bertolt Brecht wanted to stage Grabbe's "Hannibal", the National Socialists saw Grabbe as the "prototype of the Low German man". The Nazis idolized Grabbe mainly because of his blatant anti-Semitism. Brecht also wrote the play "Baal" as an answer to Hanns Johst's "Der Einsame", a play about Grabbe.


Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung (1827)
Herzog Theodor von Gotland (1827)
Don Juan und Faust (1829)
Die Hohenstauffen (1829/30)
Napoleon oder Die Hundert Tage (1831)
Hannibal (1835)
Die Hermannsschlacht (1838)

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Agnes of Hohenstaufen, Albert Lortzing, Anthology of Black Humor, Art in Nazi Germany, Barbara Wright (translator), December 11, Detlef Grumbach, Detlev Glanert, Detmold, Divadlo v Dlouhé, Don Juan und Faust, Eduard Duller, Frank Cyril Shaw Davison, Friedrich Georg Jünger, Gaberbocchus Press, Hanns Johst, Heinz Tiessen, Hermann Reutter, Jacques Bonnaffé, Jürgen Hein, Karel Roden, Karl Ottomar Treibmann, Ladislaus Löb, Landestheater Detmold, Oscar Blumenthal, Paul Büttner, Plays with incidental music, September 12, Teatro da Cornucópia, Walter Bruno Iltz, Werner Gößling, Works based on Faust

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