MEYR, MELCHIOR (1810-1871), German poet, novelist and philosopher, was born at Ehringen on the 28th of June 1810, and died at Munich on the 22nd of April 1871. He read law and philosophy at Heidelberg and Munich. His greatest success was the Erzahlungen aus dem Ries (4th ed. Leipzig, 1892), remarkable as an accurate and sympathetic picture of rural life and character. He wrote also tragedies (Herzog Albrechl, 1851; Karl der Kiihne, 1862), novels ( Vier Deutsche, 1861 ; Ewige Liebe, 1864), and, in later life, philosophical works with a strong religious tendency. Among these were Emilie (philosophical dialogues, 1863), Die Religion des Geistes (1871), Die Fortdauer nach dem Tode (1869), Die Religion und ihre jetzt gebotene Fortbildung (1871), and Gedanken uber Kunst, Religion und Philosophic (1874). In these works he, attempted to develop a Deistic system of philosophy. He was the author of an anonymous work entitled Gespriiche mil einem Grobian (1866).
See MekUor Meyr. Biographisches, Briefe und Gedichte, edited by Graf Bothmer and M. Carriere (Leipzig, 1874).
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