Other Literary Forms
The novella Lenz (1839; English translation, 1963), based on the life of dramatist Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz, is Georg Büchner’s best-known work. A defense of Cato’s suicide, a small fragment of a short story, and some poems also exist. Büchner translated two dramas, Lukretia Borgia, of Victor Hugo’s Lucrèce Borgia (1833), in 1909, and Maria Tudor, of Hugo’s Marie Tudor (1833), also in 1909. Büchner also wrote a medical dissertation as well as several medical-philosophical papers and, together with Friedrich Ludwig Weidig, two versions of a political pamphlet, Der Hessische Landbote (1834; The Hessian Messenger, 1963). Some of Büchner’s letters have also been translated into English.