Philipp von Zesen

ZESEN, Philipp von. b. Priorau, near Dessau, 1619 (baptized 17 Oct); d. Hamburg, 13 Nov 1689. The son of a pastor, he was educated at the Halle Gymnasium and the University of Wittenberg (MA 1641), followed by a year in Hamburg, where he met Johann Rist* and members of his circle. He spent the years from 1642 to 1648 mainly in the Netherlands, where he worked as a language teacher, writing a text-book, Hooch-Deutsche Spraach-übung (1643), for Dutch students; he also worked as a writer, translator, and proof-reader. He returned to Germany in 1648, and was made a member of the ‘Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft’. He was ennobled as von Zesen in 1653, by which time he was working in Dessau, though...

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