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Hesekiel, Johann Georg Ludwig

HESEKIEL, JOHANN GEORG LUDWIG (1810-1874), German author, was born on the 12th of August 1819 in Halle, where his father, distinguished as a writer of sacred poetry, was a Lutheran pastor. Hesekiel studied history and philosophy in Halle, Jena and Berlin, and devoted himself in early life to journalism and literature. In 1848 he settled in Berlin, where he lived until his death on the 26th of February 1874, achieving a considerable reputation as a writer and as editor of the Neue Preussische Zeitung. He attempted many different kinds of literary work, the most ambitious being perhaps his patriotic songs Preussenlieder, of which he published a volume during the revolutionary excitement of 1848-1849. Another collection Neue Preussenlieder appeared in 1864 after the Danish War, and a third in 1870 Gegen die Franzosen, Preussische Kriegs- und Konigslieder. Among his novels may be mentioned Unler dem Eisenzahn (1864) and Der Schultheiss vom Zeyst (1875). The best known of his works is his biography of Prince Bismarck (Das Buck vom Fiirsten Bismarck) (3rd ed.,1873; English trans, by R. H. Mackenzie).

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

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