Heinrich Clauren

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Heinrich Clauren
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Born Carl Gottlieb Samuel Heun
(1771-03-20)20 March 1771
Doberlug-Kirchhain, Lusatia
Died 2 August 1854(1854-08-02) (aged 83)
Pen name Heinrich Clauren
Occupation Author
Language German

Carl Gottlieb Samuel Heun (20 March 1771 – 2 August 1854), better known by his pen name Heinrich Clauren, was a German author.[1][2]


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.[2][3]

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.

Heun's collected works were published in 25 volumes as Gesammelte Schriften in 1851. He died on 2 August 1854 in Berlin.[2][3]


  1. ^ Jacob Achilles Mähly (1876), "Clauren, Heinrich", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German) 4, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 281–282 
  2. ^ a b c Richter, Karl (1957), "Clauren, Heinrich", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German) (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot) 3: 267–268 , (full text online)
  3. ^ a b The Oxford Companion to German Literature. Oxford University Press. 2005.