Friedrich Schiller

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Birthday
10, 1759
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
May 9, 1805 (45)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
10, 1759
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
May 9, 1805 (45)

About

German poet, playwright, and philosopher known for his historical drama Mary Stuart, as well as for his famous poem "Ode to Joy." His other noteworthy works include The Robbers, The Wallenstein Trilogy, and William Tell.

Before Fame

He was the son of a doctor, and he himself studied medicine at the Karlsschule Stuttgart.

Trivia

His friends simply called him Fritz, but his parents had actually named him after Frederick the Great.

Family Life

He wed Charlotte von Lengefeld in 1790; the couple subsequently raised four children.

Associated With

He was a friend of Johann von Goethe, and their relationship led to the development of Weimar Classicism.