Johannes Daniel Falk

FALK, Johannes Daniel.  b. Danzig/Gdansk, 28 October 1768; d. Weimar, 14 February 1826. From a poor family, the son of a wig-maker, he learned his father’s trade, but was awarded a stipend by the Town Council to attend the University of Halle, which he entered in  1791 to study theology and philology. He became a private tutor, moving to Weimar in 1797, where he became part of a circle of writers that included Goethe and Schiller, Herder* and Wieland. His well known Goethe aus näherm persönlichen Umgange dargestellt: ein nachgelassenes Werk was published in Leipzig in 1832, in the year of Goethe’s death; it appeared in English the following year as Volume 1 of Sarah Austin’s Characteristics...

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