Breymann was born in Oker. He studied languages at Göttingen, Bonn, Marburg and Paris; lived in Manchester and London 1867-75; in the latter year was appointed professor of French and English in the University of Munich, and came to be recognized as one of the leading authorities on educational questions in relation to modern languages.
He died in Bad Reichenhall, aged 68.
From 1890 he was editor of the Münchener Beiträge zur romanischen und englischen Philologie. He is the author of:
- Les deux livres des Macchabées (1868)
- Bearing of the Study of Modern Languages on Education at Large (1872)
- On Provençal Literature (1875)
- Diez, sein Leben, seine Werke (1878)
- Marlowe's Dr. Faustus (1889)
- Die neusprachliche Reform-Litteratur 1876-93 (1895)
- Die neusprachliche Reform-Litteratur 1894-99 (1900)
- Die phonetische Litteratur von 1876-95 (Leipzig 1897)
- Calderon Studien (1905)
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