Friedrich Holderlin


Birthday March 20, 1770

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace Germany

DEATH DATE Jun 7, 1843 (73)

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Lyric poet and novelist associated with the Romanticism and German Idealism movements. He is perhaps best known for a 1799 novel entitled Hyperion.

Before Fame

He was born in Wurttemberg and studied at the Tubinger Stift before deciding against a career in theology.


He suffered from a severe form of the psychiatric disorder hypochondria.

Family Life

He fell in love with Susette Gontard, a married woman. Though it could never result in marriage, the relationship was so important to Holderlin that he referenced Gontard (as "Diotima") in many of his poems.

Associated With

He was the theology school roommate of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and he influenced Hegel's philosophical ideas.