Clemens Brentano

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Birthday
9, 1778
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jul 28, 1842 (63)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
9, 1778
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jul 28, 1842 (63)

About

German Romantic poet and author remembered for Romanzen vom Rosenkranz (poems) and Geschichte vom braven Kasperl und dem schönen Annerl (short stories). He also collaborated with his brother-in-law on a collected folk songs volume entitled Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

Before Fame

He was born in Ehrenbreitstein, Germany to a family of half-Italian descent.

Trivia

He became heavily involved in Catholicism beginning in 1818 and lived for a few years in a monastery. There, he served as secretary to a radically devout nun who lived entirely on holy water and bread.

Family Life

He married fellow writer Sophie Mereau in October of 1803. His sister, Bettina von Arnim, was also a writer.

Associated With

His literary work is alluded to in Doctor Faustus, a novel by Thomas Mann.