Hermann Freiherr von Friesen

* 27.02.1802 ; ✝ 23.02.1882 in Dresden

Scholar, Writer, Translator



Friesen was ‘Oberhofmarschall’ (chief court administrator) in Saxony, and was the descendant of a noble family. His father, Johann Georg Friedrich v. F, was a privy councilor and director of the Dresden arts collections and library, his elder brother was the politician Friedrich v. F. He devoted himself periodically to literary studies in rural isolation. Friesen was a friend of Ludwig Tieck, who encouraged him to write short stories (Der Hofmann, 1835), and whose enthusiasm for Shakespeare he shared.

Among the published results of his engagement with the latter are, along with a few essays and short pieces, Briefe über Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1864), three volumes of Shakespeare Studien (1874-1876), not to mention a complete translation of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (1869). 




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Friesen, Hermann Freiherr von, in: The Digital Shakespeare Memorial Album. Edited by Christa Jansohn. URI: http://www.shakespearealbum.de/uri/gnd/117538027. (Accessed on 09.12.2022)

This text is published under the following licence: CC BY-ND 3.0 DE. Digitzed media reproduced with the permission of the library of Birmingham.

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