Meyer, Conrad Ferdinand

Meyer, Conrad Ferdinand kôn´rät fĕr´dēnänt mī´ər [key], 1825–98, Swiss poet and novelist. He studied history and art and later turned to literature. He is best known for his historical novellas, which are marked by a feeling for the spirit of past ages, keen psychological insight, and deep concern for ethical problems. Among these works are Das Amulett (1873), Jürg Jenatsch (1876), Der Heilige (1880 tr. Thomas à Becket the Saint, 1885), and Die Hochzeit des Mönchs (1884 tr. The Monk's Wedding, 1887). Meyer's verse, like his prose, dealt mainly with Renaissance themes, but its underlying symbolism made it a link between classical and impressionistic poetry.

See translations by G. F. Folkers (2 vol., 1976) studies by H. Henel (1954) and T. Lanne (1983).

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