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The motif of the spendthrift (overwhelmingly pejorative), was used as the antithesis of thrift and assessed quite differently. In German-speaking Europe, it was canonized by the moralizing fairy tale of the same name (Der Verschwender) by Ferdinand Raimund, first staged in 1834. The eponymous hero epitomizes the failed wealthy parvenu with little insight into human nature (based in part on the biblical parable of the Prodigal Son). The …

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Scheutz, Martin, “Spendthrift”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029664>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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