JOHANN PETER HEBEL

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Johann Peter Hebel was a German short story writer and dialectal poet, most famous  for his collection of alemannic tales Schatzkästlein des rheinischen Hausfreundes  (Treasure chest of the family friend by the Rhine)

Johann Peter Hebel

Born 10 May 1760 Basel

Died 22 September 1826 Schwetzingen near Heidelberg

Johann Peter Hebel was a German short story writer and dialectal poet,

most famous for his collection of alemannic tales Schatzkästlein des rheinischen Hausfreundes (Treasure chest of the family friend by the Rhine).

Life

Hebel’s father, a weaver and batman
who loved learning, died when Hebel was little over a year old. As a result, Hebel was brought up amidst poverty-stricken conditions in the village of Hausen im Wiesental, where he received his earliest
education. A promising student, he found friends who enabled him to complete his school education and to study theology (1778-1780) at Erlangen.

At the end of his university course he was for a time a private tutor, then became teacher at the gymnasium in Karlsruhe, and in 1808 was appointed director of the school. He was subsequently appointed member of the Consistory and evangelical prelate.

Memorials have been erected to him at Karlsruhe, Hausen im Wiesental, Basel and Schwetzingen.

Later in life he moved to France and because of his celebrity status was able to marry a French Countess. His decendants who still retain the title of Count include: Nancy Baughman (Formerly Nancy Hebel), the former Count Kent Baughman (Her son), and Count Ian
Cooke (her grandson).

Works

Hebel is one of the most widely read of all German popular poets and writers. His poetical narratives and lyric poems, written in the Alemanic dialect, are popular in the best sense.

His Alemannische Gedichte (1803) bucolicize, in the words of Goethe, the whole world in the most attractive manner (verbauert
das ganze Universum auf die anmutigste Weise
). Indeed, few modern German poets surpass him in fidelity, naïveté, humour, and in the freshness and vigour of his descriptions.

The anecdotes and tales contained in the Schatzkästlein des rheinischen Hausfreundes belong to the best class of German stories, and according to August Friedrich Christian Vilmar
(1800-1868) in his Geschichte der deutschen Literatur are worth more than a cartload of novels (wiegen ein ganzes Fuder Romane auf). Admirers of this work include Goethe, Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin and Martin Heidegger.

External links

This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.

Johann Peter Hebel

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