Christoph von Schmid
Christoph von Schmid (15 August 1768 Dinkelsbuehl, Bavaria - 3 September 1854 Augsburg) was a writer of children's stories and an educator. His stories were very popular and translated into many languages. His best-known work in the English-speaking world is The Basket of Flowers (Das Blumenkörbchen).
Christoph von Schmid studied theology and was ordained priest in 1791. He then served as assistant in several parishes until 1796, when he was placed at the head of a large school in Thannhausen on the Mindel, where he taught for many years. From 1816 to 1826 he was parish priest at Oberstadion in Württemberg. In 1826, Christoph von Schmid was appointed canon of the Cathedral of Augsburg, where he died of cholera when he was eighty seven.
Schmid began writing books for children which taught Christian values, shortly after being placed at the school in Thannhausen. His first work was a Bible history for children (1801). Schmid's original purpose for writing was to reward his students after school by reading his books to them. Schmid continued with his calling as a writer of children's books throughout his long life.
Schmid's writings have been translated into 24 languages. His principal juvenile works are Biblische Geschichte für Kinder, Der Weihnachtsabent, Genovena, Ostereier, Das Blumenkörbschen, and Erzählungen für Kinder und Kinderfreunde (1823–1829). One of his most noted stories was Die Ostereier (Easter Eggs, 1816). This book had such popularity that he started signing himself as "author of Easter Eggs." Many say that he was the pioneer writer of books for youths.
His stories usually center around a disturbance to the happiness of good people which God's righteousness finally fixes, the goal of the writer being to awaken a practical piety in his youthful readers. He also wrote poems which are scattered here and there in his work.
His autobiography, Erinnerungen aus meinem Leben, was published in 1853–1857.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
- Binder, "Schmid, Christoph von" in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, Band 31 (Leipzig, 1890), S. 657-659. (German)
- "Schmid, Christoph von". New International Encyclopedia. 1905.
- "Christoph von Schmid". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
- The Basket of Flowers at Project Gutenberg
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