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He was born at Barmen. His poetry, marked by simple feeling, fine diction, and original matter, won great popularity. He died in Barmen.
The best known of his works are:
- Gedichte (Poems; 1856; 8th ed. 1891)
- Am Rhein und beim Wein (By the Rhine and with wine; 1884; 3d ed. 1893)
- Buch der Leidenschaft (Book of passion; 1886)
- In Bruderliebe und Brudertreue (In brotherly love and brotherly fidelity; 1893)
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "Rittershaus, Emil". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
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