Karl Elze

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Karl Friedrich Elze (May 22, 1821, Dessau - January 21, 1889, Halle) was a German scholar and Shakespearian critic.


He studied (1839–1843) classical philology, and modern, but especially English, literature at the University of Leipzig; he was a master for a time in the Gymnasium (classical school) at Dessau, and in 1875 was appointed extraordinary, and in 1876 ordinary, professor of English philology at the University of Halle.[1]

Elze began his literary career with the Englischer Liederschatz (1851), an anthology of English lyrics, edited for a while a critical periodical Atlantis, and in 1857 published an edition of Shakespeare's Hamlet with critical notes. He also edited Chapman's Alphonsus (1867) and wrote biographies of Walter Scott, Byron and Shakespeare; Abhandlungen zu Shakespeare (English translation by D Schmitz, as Essays on Shakespeare, London, 1874), and the treatise, Notes on Elizabethan Dramatists with conjectural emendations of the text (3 vols, Halle, 1880–1886, new ed. 1889).[1]


 Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Elze, Karl". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.