Find out more about the greatest 18th Century German Writers, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Adam Weishaupt, Heinrich Heine and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.
Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749
Poet
Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller
10 November 1759
Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher

NovalisNovalis
02 May 1772
Philosopher & Poet

Jean PaulJean Paul
21 March 1763
Writer

Heinrich HeineHeinrich Heine
13 December 1797
Poet

Leopold von RankeLeopold von Ranke
21 December 1795
Historian, Academic, University teacher, Writer
Gotthold Ephraim LessingGotthold Ephraim Lessing
22 January 1729
Writer, Philosopher, Playwright, Poet, Librarian,

Moses MendelssohnMoses Mendelssohn
06 September 1729
Philosopher, Translator, Writer, Bible translator

Frederick II of PrussiaFrederick II of Prussia
24 January 1712
 

Heinrich von KleistHeinrich von Kleist
18 October 1777
Playwright, Poet, Short story writer, Novelist,
Wilhelm GrimmWilhelm Grimm
24 February 1786
Lexicographer, Anthropologist, Librarian, Writer,

Nicolaus ZinzendorfNicolaus Zinzendorf
26 May 1700
Priest, Translator, Theologian, Poet, Hymnwriter
Emanuel SchikanederEmanuel Schikaneder
01 September 1751
Librettist, Singer, Opera singer, Actor,

Bettina von ArnimBettina von Arnim
04 April 1785
Writer, Salon-holder, Composer, Novelist

August Wilhelm SchlegelAugust Wilhelm Schlegel
08 September 1767
Linguist, Translator, Sanskrit scholar,
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich SchlegelKarl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
29 February 1772
philosopher, translator, writer, literary critic,

Franz Xaver MesserschmidtFranz Xaver Messerschmidt
06 February 1736
Sculptor
Adelbert von ChamissoAdelbert von Chamisso
30 January 1781
Botanist, Poet, Pteridologist, Bryologist, Writer

Ernst Moritz ArndtErnst Moritz Arndt
26 December 1769
Poet, Writer, University teacher

Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
13 June 1795
Conductor, Writer, Musicologist, Music historian,
Johann Ludwig TieckJohann Ludwig Tieck
31 May 1773
 

Clemens Maria Wenzeslaus von BrentanoClemens Maria Wenzeslaus von Brentano
09 September 1778