Clemens Brentano, or Klemens Brentano (9 September 1778 â" 28 July 1842) was a German poet and novelist, and a major figure of German Romanticism.
Clemens Brentano was born to a wealthy merchant family in Frankfurt on 9 September 1778. His father's family was of Italian descent. His sister was Bettina von Arnim, Goethe's correspondent. He studied in Halle and Jena, afterwards residing at Heidelberg, Vienna and Berlin. He was close to Wieland, Herder, Goethe, Friedrich Schlegel, Fichte and Tieck.
From 1798 to 1800 Brentano lived in Jena, the first center of the romantic movement. In 1801, he moved to GÃ¶ttingen, and became a friend of Achim von Arnim. He married writer Sophie Mereau on 29 October 1803. In 1804, he moved to Heidelberg and worked with Arnim on Zeitungen fÃ¼r Einsiedler and Des Knaben Wunderhorn. After his wife Sophie died in 1806 he married a second time in 1807 to Auguste Busmann. In the years between 1808 and 1818, he lived mostly in Berlin, and from 1819 to 1824 in DÃ¼lmen, Westphalia.
In 1818, weary of his somewhat restless and unsettled life, he returned to the practice of the Catholic faith and withdrew to the monastery of DÃ¼lmen, where he lived for some years in strict seclusion. He took on there the position of secretary to the Catholic visionary nun, the Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.
It was claimed that from 1802 until her death, she bore the wounds of the Crown of Thorns, and from 1812, the full stigmata, including a cross over her heart and the wound from the lance. Clemens Brentano made her acquaintance, was converted to the strong faith, and remained at the foot of the stigmatist's bed copying her dictation without embellishment from 1818-1824. When she died, he prepared an index of the visions and revelations from her journal, The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (published 1833). One of these visions made known by Brentano later resulted in the actual identification of the real House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus by AbbÃ© Julien Gouyet, a French priest, during 1881. However, some posthumous investigations in 1923 and 1928 made it uncertain how much of the books he attributed to Emmerich were actually his own creation and the works were discarded for her beatification process.
The latter part of his life he spent in Regensburg, Frankfurt and Munich, actively engaged in promoting the Catholic faith. Brentano assisted Ludwig Achim von Arnim, his brother-in-law, in the collection of folk-songs forming Des Knaben Wunderhorn (1805â"1808), which Gustav Mahler drew upon for his song cycle. He died in Aschaffenburg.
Brentano, whose early writings were published under the pseudonym Maria, belonged to the Heidelberg group of German romantic writers, and his works are marked by excess of fantastic imagery and by abrupt, bizarre modes of expression. His first published writings were Satiren und poetische Spiele (Leipzig, 1800), a romance Godwi oder Das steinerne Bild der Mutter (2 vols., Frankfort, 1801), and a musical drama Die lustigen Musikanten (Frankfort, 1803). Of his dramas the best are Ponce de Leon (1804), Victoria und ihre Geschwister (Berlin, 1817) and Die Grundung Prags (Pesth, 1815).
On the whole his finest work is the collection of Romanzen vom Rosenkranz (published posthumously in 1852); his short stories, and more especially the charming Geschichte vom braven Kasperl und dem schÃ¶nen Annerl (1817), which has been translated into English, were very popular.
Brentano's collected works, edited by his brother Christian, appeared at Frankfurt in 9 vols. (1851â"1855). Selections have been edited by J. B. Diel (1873), M. Koch (1892), and J. Dohmke (1893). See J. B. Diel and William Kreiten, Klemens Brentano (2 vols, 1877â"1878), the introduction to Koch's edition, and R. Steig, A. von Arnim und K. Brentano (1894).
Brentano's work is referenced in Thomas Mann's novel Doctor Faustus. A cycle of thirteen songs, based on Brentano's poems, is noted in Chapter XXI as one of the composer protagonist's most significant early works.
- FrÃ¼hlingsschrei eines Knechtes
- Lore Lay
- Auf dem Rhein
- An Sophie Mereau
- Ich wollt ein StrÃ¤usslein binden
- Der Spinnerin Lied
- Aus einem kranken Herzen
- Hast du nicht mein GlÃ¼ck gesehen?
- FrÃ¼hes Lied
- NachklÃ¤nge Beethovenscher Musik
- Romanzen vom Rosenkranz
- Einsam will ich untergehn
- Die Barmherzigen Schwestern in Bezug auf Armen- und Krankenpflege (Care of the Poor and Sick by the Sisters of Mercy ) (1831) (New Edition edited by Renate Moering)
- Lehrjahre Jesu (The Formative Years of Jesus) (1822) Part I and II (Edited by JÃ¼rg Mathes); 1983 edition by W. Kohlhammer, Berlin â" ISBN 3-17-008658-8
- Das bittere Leiden unsers Herrn Jesu Christi (The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ) (1858-1860 in a reworked edition by Karl Erhard Schmoeger; first authentic edition 1983, New edition by Bernhard Gajek and Irmengard Schmidbauer) ISBN 3-17-012652-0, ISBN 3-17-004917-8
- Das Leben der heil. Jungfrau Maria (The Life of the Holy Virgin Mary) (1852, posthumous) ISBN 3-557-91005-9, ISBN 978-3-557-91005-3, ISBN 3-7171-0961-8, ISBN 978-3-7171-0961-7
- Biographie der Anna Katharina Emmerick (Biography of Anna Katharina Emmerich) (unfinished, 1867-1870 in Schmoeger's edition; first authentic edition 1981)
- Tagebuchaufzeichnungen: Geheimnisse des Alten und des Neuen Bundes: Aus den TagebÃ¼chern des Clemens Brentano (Notes from a Diary: Secrets of the Old and New Testaments from the Diaries of Clemens Brentano) ISBN 3-7171-0962-6, ISBN 978-3-7171-0962-4
- Die MÃ¤hrchen vom Rhein
- Phillips, H. A., "Brentano, Clemens Maria" Cassell's Encyclopedia of World Literature New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1953.
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- Works by Clemens Brentano at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Clemens Brentano at Internet Archive
- Works by Clemens Brentano at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Works by Clemens Brentano at Open Library
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