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Baron Friedrich de La Motte Fouque

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Baron Friedrich de La Motte Fouque

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Full Name: Friedrich Heinrich Karl de La Motte
Born: February 12, 1777
Brandenburg, Kingdom of Prussia, Holy Roman Empire
Died: January 23, 1843
Berlin, Prussia, Germany
Occupation: Military, Literary Pursuits
Nationality: German


He was born at Brandenburg an der Havel, of a family of French Huguenot origin, as evidenced in his family name. His grandfather, Heinrich August de la Motte Fouqué, had been one of Frederick the Great's generals and his father was a Prussian officer. Although not originally intended for a military career, Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué ultimately gave up his university studies at Halle to join the army, and he took part in the Rhine campaign of 1794. The rest of his life was devoted mainly to literary pursuits. He was introduced to August Wilhelm Schlegel, who deeply influenced him as a poet ("mich gelehret Maß und Regel | Meister August Wilhelm Schlegel") and who published Fouqué's first book, Dramatische Spiele von Pellegrin, in 1804.

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