Ludwig Eckardt

* 16.05.1827 in Vienna; ✝ 01.02.1871 in Děčín

Writer, Scholar



After a period of study at university and his first literary experiments, Eckardt had to leave his home-town in the course of the October Revolution in 1848.  Only a year later the same thing happened to him again in Dresden, on account of his revolutionary activities. Eckardt fled to Bern, where he was awarded his professorial title in Literature and Aesthetics. In the following years he taught as professor at the Canton school in Lucerne, until – after a short stay in Berlin as Court Librarian – he went to Karlsruhe, where he made contributions to the democratically inclined Mannheimer Zeitung. After 1867 he returned to Vienna, from where he travelled the length and breadth of Germany on numerous lecture tours.  He died in 1871 on one such lecture tour.

Alongside his works on Goethe and Schiller, Eckardt is best known for his numerous plays (e.g. Josefine, 1868) and the novel Niklas Manuel (1862). He wrote an exhaustive article about Shakespeare for the first Shakespeare Yearbook (‘Shakespeare’s englische Historien auf der Weimarer Bühne’, 1865) and also the Vorlesungen über Shakspeare's Hamlet (1853).



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Eckardt, Ludwig, in: The Digital Shakespeare Memorial Album. Edited by Christa Jansohn. URI: (Accessed on 30.05.2024)

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