Heinrich von Kleist

Heinrich von Kleist (hīn´rĬkh fən klīst), 1777–1811, German dramatic poet. He is one of the most evocative and disturbing of the German Romantic writers. Kleist served (1792–99) in the Prussian army and led an unhappy life that ended in suicide. His comedies include Der zerbrochene Krug (1806, tr. The Broken Pitcher, 1961) and Amphitryon (1807), after Molière. Among his passionate tragedies is Penthesilea (1808). Käthchen von Heilbronn (1810) is a tale of chivalry; his masterpiece is The Prince of Homburg, (1821, tr. 1956), a historical tragedy. Kleist's terse, dynamic style and his sense of conflict—between reason and feeling, divine law and human law—are also evident in his novellas. Best known of these is Michael Kohlhaas (1810–11, tr. 1967) and The Marquis of O (1810–11, tr. 1978).

See the biography by J. Maas (1983); studies by W. Silz (1961), J. Gearey (1968), J. M. Ellis (1979).

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Heinrich von Kleist: The Ambiguity of Art and the Necessity of Form
Hilda Meldrum Brown.
Oxford University, 1998
Heinrich von Kleist
Richard March.
Yale University Press, 1954
Amphitryon: A Comedy
Heinrich Von Kleist; Marion Sonnenfeld.
F. Ungar Pub. Co., 1962
The Broken Jug: A Comedy
Heinrich Von Kleist; John T. Krumpelmann.
Frederick Ungar, 1962
Heinrich Von Kleist's Amphitryon: Romanticism, Rape, and Comic Irresolution
Wilson, Jean.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 37, No. 2, Spring 2001
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Rape, Crypt and Fantasm: Kleist's 'Marquise of O....' (Heinrich Von Kleist)
Dutoit, Thomas.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 27, No. 3, September 1994
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Studies in German Literature in Honor of Alexander Rudolph Hohlfeld
Alexander Rudolph Hohlfeld.
University of Wisconsin, 1925
Librarian’s tip: "Heinrich von Kleist's Pursuit of Happiness" begins on p. 25
The Doppelganger: Double Visions in German Literature
Andrew J. Webber.
Clarendon Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Cases of Double Trouble in Kleist"
A History of the German Novelle
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Unknown, 1961 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "The Metaphysical Novelle- Kleist"
Breaking the Laws of Language: Freedom and History in Kleist's Prinz Friedrich Von Homburg
Mieszkowski, Jan.
Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 39, No. 1, Spring 2000
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The Sublime Crime: Fascination, Failure, and Form in Literature of the Enlightenment
Stephanie Barbé Hammer.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Tyranny of Form Defense, Romance, and the Pursuit of the Criminal Text in Godwin's Caleb Williams and Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas"
Overmyer's Amphitryon: Adapting Kleist for a Contemporary Audience
Andreach, Robert J.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring 2000
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Encyclopedia of the Essay
Tracy Chevalier.
Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Kleist, Heinrich von German, 1777-1811" begins on p. 448
Literary Paternity, Literary Friendship: Essays in Honor of Stanley Corngold
Gerhard Richter.
University of North Carolina Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Old Father Jupiter: On Kleist's Drama Amphitryon"
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