Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel

[Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel] German poet, critic and scholar Born on 10 March 1772 in Hanover, Germany; died on 11 January 1829 at Dresden, Germany. Educated at the University of Gottingen, he became a Catholic in 1808. Appointed secretary in the chancellery at Vienna where he vigorously opposed Napoleon and delivered his famous lectures on modern history. His importance lies in his work as a literary critic, and as founder with his brother, August Wilhelm, of the Romantic school. He was the author of History of Ancient and Modern Literature, Philosophy of History, Lectures on Modern History, and AEsthetic and Miscellaneous Works.

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