Julius Sigismund Thümmel

* 26.11.1818 in Weissenfels; ✝ 1885 in Halle (Saale)

University Judge, Scholar



Thümmel was the son of a sexton in Weißenfels and received an education at the provincial school in Pforta. Thereafter he studied law in Leipzig and Halle. After serving on the Naumberg and Zeitz district courts he moved to Halle in 1850. There he held the office of University Judge on a provisional basis for a few months, eventually being confirmed in the position in 1864. As early as his student days was a good friend of Otto Roquette (usually considered one of the ‘Butzenscheiben’ poets, i.e. sentimentally nationalistic poets of this period), whose ‘Ihr Wandervögel in der Luft’ Thümmel arranged for male voice choir.  Roquette’s epic poem Waldmeisters Brautfahrt (1851) is dedicated to Thümmel’s mother.

Though Thümmel wrote some comedies for the Weimar Court Theatre, he chiefly made a name for himself by contributing to the German Shakespeare Society’s yearbook articles which, like his Vorträge über Shakespeare Charactere (1881), often dealt with the stock characters of Shakespearean drama.



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Thümmel, Julius Sigismund, in: The Digital Shakespeare Memorial Album. Edited by Christa Jansohn. URI: http://www.shakespearealbum.de/uri/gnd/183521919. (Accessed on 01.06.2023)

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