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Goltz, Bogumil

GOLTZ, BOGUMIL (1801-1870), German humorist and satirist, was born at Warsaw on the 20th of March 1801. After attending the classical schools of Marienwerder and Konigsberg, he learnt farming on an estate near Thorn, and in 1821 entered the university of Breslau as a student of philosophy. But he soon abandoned an academical career, and, after returning for a. while to country life, retired to the small town of Gollub where he devoted himself to literary studies. In 1847 he settlec at Thorn, " the home of Copernicus," where he died on the 12thof November 1870. Goltz is best known to literary fame by his Buck der Kindheit (Frankfort, 1847; 4th ed., Berlin, 1877), in which, after the style of Jean Paul, and Adalbert Stifter, but with a more modern realism, he gives a charming and idyllic description of the impressions of his own childhood. Among hi: other works must be noted Ein Jugendleben (1852); Der Mensch und die Leule (1858); Zur Charakterislik und Nalurgeschichte der Frauen (1859) ; Zur Geschichte und Charakteristik des deutschen Genius (1864), and Die Weltklugheit und die Lebensweisheit (1869).

Goltz's works have not been collected, but a selection will be found in Reclam's Universalbibliothek (ed. by P. Stein, 1901 and 1906). See O. Roquette, Siebzig Jahre, i. (1894).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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