Detlev von Liliencron
|Detlev von Liliencron|
Detlev von Liliencron, 1905
|Born||Friedrich Adolf Axel Detlev Liliencron
June 3, 1844
|Died||July 22, 1909
Alt-Rahlstedt (now Hamburg)
|Resting place||Rahlstedt Cemetery|
|Occupation||lyric poet, novelist|
Liliencron was the son of Louis (Ludwig) Freiherr von Liliencron and Adeline von Harten. He entered the Prussian army and took part in the campaigns of 1866 and 1870–71, in both of which he was wounded. In 1875, he retired with the rank of captain and spent some time in America (1875 to 1877), afterwards settling at Kellinghusen in Holstein, where he remained until 1887. After some time at Munich, he settled in Altona and later at Alt-Rahlstedt, now a part of Hamburg.
Liliencron was one of the most eminent of German lyric poets of his time; his Adjutantenritte, with its fresh original style, broke with the well-worn literary conventions then prevalent which had been handed down from the middle of the century. Rainer Maria Rilke, among others, was heavily influenced by Liliencron's poems. Liliencron's work is, however, somewhat uneven, since he lacked the sustained power which makes a prose writer successful.
He first attracted attention by the volume of poems, Adjutantenritte und andere Gedichte (1883), which was followed by several unsuccessful dramas, a volume of short stories, Eine Sommerschlacht (1886), and a novel Breide Hummelsbüttel (1887).
Other collections of short stories appeared under the titles Unter flatternden Fahnen (1888). Der Mäcen (1889), Krieg und Frieden (1891); of lyric poetry in 1889, 1890 (Der Heidegänger und andere Gedichte), 1893, and 1903 (Bunte Beute). Interesting, too, is the humorous epic Poggfred (1896; 2nd ed. 1904).
Liliencron's complete works have been published in 14 volumes (1904–1905); his Gedichte having been previously collected in four volumes under the titles Kampf und Spiele, Kämpfe und Ziele, "Nebel und Sonne and Bunte Beute (1897–1903). Media related to Detlev von Liliencron at Wikimedia Commons
Selected poems in Translation
- H. Fiedler (trans.): Book of German Verse. Luther to Liliencron. Oxford 1916.
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- H. Stolte: Detlev von Liliencron. Husum 1980
- E. Maletzke: Detlev von Liliencron. Poet und Schuldenbaron. Neumünster 2011.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Liliencron, Detlev von". Encyclopædia Britannica 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 684–685.
- Works by or about Detlev von Liliencron at Internet Archive
- Works by Detlev von Liliencron at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)