BirthdayNovember 24, 1801
BirthplaceWeimar, Germany

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Ludwig Bechstein

    Full name: Ludwig Bechstein
    Also known as: Ludwig Bechstein, Bechstein, Ludwig
    Professions: German writer and fairy tale collector

  2. Ludwig Bechstein Death information

    Died: Monday, 14th of May, 1860 (Age: 58)

  3. Ludwig Bechstein Biography

    Ludwig Bechstein (24 November 1801 – 14 May 1860) was a German writer and collector of folk fairy tales.He was born in Weimar, the illegitimate child of Johanna Carolina Dorothea Bechstein and Hubert Dupontreau, a French emigrant who disappeared before the birth of the child; Ludwig thus grew up very poor in his first nine years. His situation improved only when his uncle Johann Matthäus Bechstein, a renowned naturalist and forester living in Meiningen in the district of Schmalkalden-Meiningen in Thuringia, adopted him in 1810. He was sent to school, and in 1818, started an apprenticeship as an pharmacist.From 1829 to 1831 he studied philosophy and literature in Leipzig and Munich thanks to a stipend granted by Duke Bernhard II of Sachsen-Meiningen, who hired him subsequently as a librarian. This lifetime post provided Bechstein with a continuous income, while leaving him a lot of freedom to pursue his own interests and writing.Bechstein published many works and was a successful author of his time. His German Fairy Tale Book was even more popular than the Brothers Grimm's collection when it was first published in 1845. He published several collections of folk tales, and also published romances, poems, and novels.

  4. Ludwig Bechstein Family

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