Novalis

  Novalis

Novalis was born on Schloß Oberwiederstett in the year 1772 as Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg. Hardenberg is not hired into the state service after completing his legal studies, as expected, and begins a second education at the Bergakademie in Freiberg in 1797. In 1799, he starts working in the Salinenverwaltung in Weißenfels. His intense engagement with the philosophy and literature of his time, as well as his friendships with Schiller, Jean Paul, and Goethe, piques his interest in poetry and serves as the springboard for his literary-philosophical output. The first Fragments with the title Blüthenstaub appear in the Frühromantiker Friedrich and August Wilhelm Schlegel's Zeitschrift Athenaeum in 1798, under the name Novalis for the first time.

Novalis' increasing clout leads him to devote more time to religion: his most popular work is The Geistlichen Lieder, which was first published in the Musenalmanach in the year 1802. Heinrich von Ofterdingen, his unfinished Read More chevron_right