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Adelbert von Chamisso (Chamisso Adelbert von)

( German writer and botanist.)

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(1781-1838)
Born January 30, 1781 in France at the Chateau de Boncour (Champagne). Real name - Louis Charles Adelaide de Chamisso (Louis Charles Adlade de Chamisso). Fleeing the revolution, his parents, French aristocrats, in 1790 fled to Germany. Chamisso In 1798-1807 he served in the Prussian army. Excellent owning the German language and stick with German culture, in a civil sense, feeling uneasy, what with the pain expressed in the poem Boncour Castle (Das Schlo Boncourt, 1827). In allegorical form Chamisso developed this theme in the amazing story of Peter Helmholtz (Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte, 1814) - a small masterpiece about a man who exchanged his shadow to never pusteyuschy purse and all my life was miserable.
In the work of Chamisso, which was part of a circle TN. Berlin romantics, traced the characteristics of this literary trend: craving for exotic and extensive use of forms of folk songs. Music by R. Schumann's song cycle of his poems love and woman's life (Frauenliebe und-leben, 1830) made them even more popular.

In 1815-1818 in the Russian expedition Chamisso toured the world in the brig 'Rurik', and on his return he was appointed adjunct of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Berlin. Published his report on this expedition (Reise um die Welt - Traveling around the world) has become a model of the genre of travel notes. Died Chamisso in Berlin, August 21, 1838.


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