Christian Dietrich Grabbe Analysis

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(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Christian Dietrich Grabbe wrote various critical articles on the theater, including reviews of his own dramatic works. A notable article, “Über die Shakespearo-Manie,” written and published in 1827, marks his attempt to free himself from the dramatist who had influenced him most since his school days. It strongly opposes the William Shakespeare cult in Germany and calls for national originality on the German stage. Despite Grabbe’s assertions, Heinrich Heine, among others, has identified Grabbe’s strong kinship with William Shakespeare.