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Jean Paul
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(Johann Paul Friedrich Richter; Mar 21, 1762, Wunsiedel – Nov 14, 1825, Bayreuth) grew up in an orthodox Lutheran vicarage. He dropped out of his studies of theology in Leipzig and accordingly altered the topics of his extensive notebooks around 1782. Until 1796, he worked for about ten years as a schoolmaster in Upper Franconia. During this period, he advanced as an author from a late Enlightenment author of satires to a great author of novels and, ultimately, a professional author situated between Classicism and Romanticism (cf. his programmatic Vorschule der Ästhet…

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Wunderlich, Reinhard, “Jean Paul”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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