A verse tragedy by J. C. Gottsched, published in It is compounded out of two foreign tragedies, Joseph Addison’s Cato () and the Caton d’Utique. Der sterbende Cato. Ein Trauer-Spiel in Versan. Aufgeführt in Wien Image from object titled ‘Der sterbende Cato. Ein Trauer-Spiel in Versan. Johann Christoph Gottsched: Der sterbende Cato. Ein Trauerspiel Entstanden: Erstdruck: Leipzig (Teubners Buchladen), Uraufführung Januar .

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Johann Christoph Gottsched 2 February — 12 December was a German philosopher, author, and critic. For about thirty years, he exercised an almost undisputed literary dictatorship in Germany.

But by his later years, his sterbendf had become a by-word for foolish pedantry.

In Leipzig, he enjoyed the protection of J. Of this society, Gottsched was elected “Senior” inand in the next year reorganized it under the title of the Deutsche Gesellschaft. Directing his criticism at first chiefly against the bombast and absurd affectations of the Second Silesian School, he proceeded to sterebnde down strict laws for the composition of poetry. He insisted on the observance of the dramatic unities. In his efforts toward the reformation of the Stterbende drama, Gottsched was aided by his wife, Luisea prolific writer and translator, and had the cooperation of the theatrical manager Johann Neuber and his wife, Caroline.


Johann Christoph Gottsched – Wikipedia

They succeeded indeed in bringing cwto a considerable change in the condition of the German stage by substituting for the prevailing operatic performances translations of French dramas and original plays, and by banishing from it forever the coarse buffooneries of Hanswurst Jack Pudding.

InGottsched was appointed an extraordinary professor of poetry, and, inordinary professor of logic and metaphysics at the University of Leipzig.

Eventually, Gottsched went too far in his criticism. He refused to recognize the work of Klopstock and Lessing. Under the influence of Addison and stergende Italian critics, they demanded that the poetic imagination should not be hampered by artificial rules.

Der sterbende Cato – Oxford Reference

As examples, they pointed to English poets, especially Milton. Inhe fell out with Caroline Neuber regarding practical stage steebende, and even placed himself in opposition to his wife.

He died in Leipzig at the age of He wrote several plays, of which Der sterbende Catoan adaptation of Joseph Addison ‘s tragedy and a French play on the same theme, was long popular on the stage. Gottsched wrote the texts of two secular cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach: His first wife, Luise Kulmus was also a prominent author.


She died in After a three-year mourning period, in in Camburg SaaleGottsched married his year-old second wife, Ernestine Susanne Katharina Neunes — From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

LeipzigElectorate of Saxony. New International Encyclopedia 1st ed.

Der sterbende Cato

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