Heinrich Heine

1797 - 1856

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Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (German: [ˈhaɪnʁɪç ˈhaɪnə] ; born Harry Heine; 13 December 1797 – 17 February 1856) was a German poet, writer and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of Lieder (art songs) by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Heine's later verse and prose are distinguished by their satirical wit and irony. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Heinrich Heine has received more than 1,486,210 page views. His biography is available in 94 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 89 in 2019). Heinrich Heine is the 66th most popular writer (up from 86th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from Germany (up from 59th in 2019) and the 6th most popular German Writer.

Heinrich Heine was a German poet who wrote in the Romantic style. He is most famous for his lyric poetry, which includes "Die Lorelei" and "Ich grolle nicht."

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Buch der Lieder
German language, Classic Literature, Fiction
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Description and travel, Romanticism, Travel
Translations into English, Criticism and interpretation, Accessible book
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Among writers, Heinrich Heine ranks 66 out of 7,302Before him are Marcel Proust, Giacomo Casanova, Ayn Rand, Rabindranath Tagore, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Umberto Eco. After him are Romain Rolland, Bertolt Brecht, Nikolai Gogol, Li Bai, Charles Perrault, and Milan Kundera.

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Among people born in 1797, Heinrich Heine ranks 2Before him is Franz Schubert. After him are William I, German Emperor, Mary Shelley, Gaetano Donizetti, Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, Adolphe Thiers, Hiroshige, Ghalib, Joseph Henry, Maria Leopoldina of Austria, and Charles Lyell. Among people deceased in 1856, Heinrich Heine ranks 2Before him is Robert Schumann. After him are Amedeo Avogadro, Max Stirner, Adolphe Adam, Nikolai Lobachevsky, Paul Delaroche, Ivan Paskevich, Étienne Cabet, Ľudovít Štúr, 11th Dalai Lama, and Théodore Chassériau.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Heinrich Heine ranks 50 out of 7,253Before him are Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912), Pope Benedict XVI (1927), Karl Benz (1844), Marlene Dietrich (1901), Adolf Eichmann (1906), and Felix Mendelssohn (1809). After him are Bertolt Brecht (1898), Hannah Arendt (1906), Josef Mengele (1911), Hildegard of Bingen (1098), Georg Ohm (1789), and William I, German Emperor (1797).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Heinrich Heine ranks 6Before him are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Anne Frank (1929), Friedrich Schiller (1759), Hermann Hesse (1877), and Thomas Mann (1875). After him are Bertolt Brecht (1898), Erich Maria Remarque (1898), Charles Bukowski (1920), Novalis (1772), Heinrich Böll (1917), and Eckhart Tolle (1948).