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Friedrich Leopold, Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg

born: 1750
died: 1819
country: Germany

Friedrich Leopold, Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg was born in Denmark. He worked on various literary ventures with his brother Christian; they were thus forerunners of such fraternal collaborations as the Schlegels, Grimms and Goncourts. Both Stolberg brothers as admirers of Klopstock were members of the Göttingen Hainbund. They travelled to Switzerland in 1775 with Goethe who found them disturbingly unruly. In 1781 Friedrich married Agnes von Witzleben, the muse of his poetry. Stolberg worked for a time as a diplomat, and as far afield as Russia, but the adventures of his youth yielded to an ultra-conservative attitude in politics and a conversion to catholicism.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1991


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