As is common for Romantic novels of the period, the original title Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces; or, the Married Life, Death, and Wedding of Siebenkäs, Poor Man's Lawyer is somewhat verbose, and commonly is abbreviated simply as, Siebenkäs.
As the title suggests, the story concerns the life of Firmian Stanislaus Siebenkäs and is told in a comedic style. Unhappily married, Siebenkäs goes to consult his friend, Leibgeber, who, in reality, is his alter ego, or Doppelgänger (a word of Jean Paul's own invention). Leibgeber convinces Siebenkäs to fake his own death, in order to begin a new life. Siebenkäs takes the advice of his alter ego, and soon meets the beautiful Natalie. The two fall in love; hence, the "wedding after death" noted in the title.
- Siebenkäs at Projekt Gutenberg-DE (in German)
- Siebenkäs at Google Books (English translation of Volume 2)
- Siebenkäs at the Internet Archive
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