Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder
Wackenroder was born in Berlin. He was a close friend of Tieck from youth until his early death. They collaborated on virtually everything they wrote in this period. Wackenroder probably made substantial contributions to Tieck's novel Franz Sternbalds Wanderungen (Franz Sternbald’s Wanderings, 1798), and Tieck to Wackenroder's influential collection of essays, Herzensergießungen eines kunstliebenden Klosterbruders (Outpourings of an Art-Loving Friar, 1797). Outpourings is a tribute to Renaissance and medieval literature and art, attributing to them a sense of emotion Wackenroder and Tieck felt was missing in German Enlightenment thought. It was also the first work to claim for Northern Renaissance art a status equivalent to that of the Italian Renaissance, at least in the case of Albrecht Dürer. The Outpourings have been accorded a status in Germany akin to that of Lyrical Ballads in England, i.e. as the first work of the Romantic movement.
Wackenroder died in Berlin in 1798 at the age of 24 of a case of typhoid fever.
- Kertz-Welzel, Alexandra. Die Transzendenz der Gefühle. Beziehungen zwischen Musik und Gefühl bei Wackenroder/Tieck und die Musikästhetik der Romantik. Saarbrücker Beiträge zur Literaturwissenschaft, no. 71. Ph.D. Dissertation (Saarbrücken, Germany: Universität des Saarlandes, 2000). St. Ingbert, Germany: Röhrig Universitätsverlag, 2001. ISBN 3-86110-278-1.
- German Romanticism, from the Literary Encyclopedia.
- Wackenroder's works at Projekt Gutenberg-DE.
- Wackenroders „Herzensergießungen eines kunstliebenden Klosterbruders“ in ihrem Verhältnis zu Vasari von Dr. Ernst Dessauer at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder at Internet Archive
- Works by Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)