Heinrich Heine

Heinrich Heine

Born: December 13, 1797

Died: February 17, 1856

Nationality: German

Occupation: Poet, essayist, journalist

Biography: Heinrich Heine was one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century. He was also a journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of Lieder by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Heine's later verse and prose is distinguished by its satirical wit and irony.

Source/Notes: The Poems of Heine: Complete (1866 edition)
Source/Notes: As quoted in "Familiar short sayings of great men : with historical and explanatory notes" (1882), Samuel Arthur Bent, p. 273
Source/Notes: As quoted in "Best Thoughts of Best Thinkers: Amplified, Classified, Exemplified and Arranged as a Key to Unlock the Literature of All Ages", Hialmer Day Gould, Edward Louis Hessenmueller, 1904, p. 541. Also in: Forbes, Volumes 12-13, 1923, p. 653
Source/Notes: As quoted in The Modern Handbook of Humor (1967) by Ralph Louis Woods, p. 493

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