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Meyer, Conrad Ferdinand

(635 words)

Author(s): Niefanger, Dirk
[German Version] (Oct 11, 1825, Zürich – Nov 28, 1898, Kilchberg near Zürich), realist poet, whose work is characterized by contrasts, ambiguities and multifaceted allusions. Meyer came from a respected patrician family; his father, who died prematurely, occupied a number of positions in the government, and his mother, deeply religious and influenced by the puritanical teaching of Zwingli, suffered from bouts of depression, which eventually led to her suicide. Meyer's younger sister Betsy (1831–19…

Langgässer, Elisabeth

(676 words)

Author(s): Niefanger, Dirk
[German Version] (Feb 23, 1899, Alzey – Jul 25, 1950, Rheinzabern) was a poet shaped by Catholicism, important especially in the years immediately after World War II. The daughter of a Jewish (later Catholic) architect, she trained as a teacher in Darmstadt. She was dismissed from teaching after the birth of a daughter out of wedlock, who would later become the author Cordelia Edvardson (born Jan 1, 1929). The father was the Jewish constitutional lawyer, Hermann Heller (1891–1933). From 1930, Lang…