|Born||Carl Gottlieb Samuel Heun
20 March 1771
|Died||2 August 1854
|Pen name||Heinrich Clauren|
Born on 20 March 1771 in Doberlug, Lower Lusatia. Heun went into the Prussian civil service, and wrote in his spare time. He published under the pseudonym H. Clauren (an anagram of Carl Heun), and became one of the most popular authors of fiction for the middle class in the first half of the nineteenth century.
In 1825, Wilhelm Hauff published a parody of Heun's novels, Der Mann im Monde (The Man in the Moon), imitating his style, and published under his pen name H. Clauren. Heun brought a lawsuit against Hauff, and won, leading Hauff to write another book, Kontroverspredigt über H. Clauren und den Mann im Mond (1826), successfully destroying the reputation of Heun's works.
- Jacob Achilles Mähly (1876), "Clauren, Heinrich", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German) 4, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 281–282
- Richter, Karl (1957), "Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German) (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot) 3: 267–268", , (full text online)
- The Oxford Companion to German Literature. Oxford University Press. 2005.
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