Klinger, Friedrich Maximilian von
Klinger, Friedrich Maximilian von frē´drĭkh mäk˝sēmē´lyän fən klĭng´ər [key], 1752–1831, German dramatist. A friend of the young Goethe, he was a playwright for a theatrical troupe and later an army officer. His early work typified the Sturm und Drang period, so named after his play Wirrwarr; oder, Sturm und Drang [confusion; or, storm and stress] (1776); his later plays, influenced by Schiller and Iffland, are more reserved in tone. Klinger's other works include the play The Twins (1776) and the novel Faust's Life, Deeds, and Journey to Hell (1791, tr. 1825).
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2023, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: German Literature: Biographies