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Grabbe, Christian Dietrich

Grabbe, Christian Dietrich krĭs´tēän dē´trĭkh gräb´ə [key], 1801–36, German dramatist and journalist. Critical of Shakespearomania, Grabbe strove for a national German drama and wrote original, poetic historical tragedies. Hannibal (1835) and Hermannsschlacht [Hermann's battle] (1838) depict the genial individual shattered by others' lack of understanding. Napoleon (1831), Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung (1822 tr. Comedy, Satire, Irony and Deeper Meaning, 1955), and Don Juan und Faust (1829) are among his other notable works.

See studies by R. A. Nicholl (1969) and C. D. Grabbe (1972).

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