Ludwig Bechstein

Ludwig Bechstein (1801-1860)
Ludwig Bechstein (1801-1860)

Ludwig Bechstein (* 24. November 1801 in Weimar; † 14. May 1860 in Meiningen) was a German writer, librarian and an archivist.

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Bechstein becameas an illegitimate son of the Johanna Carolina Dorothea Bechstein and a French emigrant under the name Louis Dupontreau born. 1810 adopted it its uncle Johann matte house Bechstein. Since that time it carried the name Ludwig Bechstein. By its uncle Bechstein could visit the school and 1818 pharmacist teachingsin Arnstadt, Meiningen and salting begin. Later a scholarship of the duke of Saxonia Meiningen made the study of philosophy , history and literature in Leipzig and Munich for it possible. In the year 1831 he became a herzoglicher cabinet librarian in Meiningen, 1840 yard advice and 1848 archivist of the hennebergischenTotal archives. It created 1832 the Hennebergi antiquity-searching association.

Bechsteins patriotic lyric poetry and its historical narrations are today forgotten. Remained its fairy tale collections (Bechsteins fairy tale).

Bechstein collected also legends. Its extensive German legend book (1853) is not as popular long as its fairy tale collection, becomesbut until today gladly as manual of the German legend treasure uses.

Who bring along understanding for the time at that time, also Bechsteins publications over Thuringia with profit reads, for example its volume in the row pictorial and romantic Germany.


  • Thuringian people fairy tales, 1823,Publishing house skirt chair, Reprint 2002, ISBN 3-936030-71-5
  • the pointing saying of the Libussa, 1829, publishing house skirt chair, Reprint, ISBN 3-936030-91-X
  • Mährchenbilder and narrations, 1829
  • the Haimons children (poems), 1830
  • narrations and pieces of fantasy, 1831
  • arabesques (novellas), 1832
  • novellas and fantasy painting, 1832
  • Grimmenthal (novel), 1833, publishing house skirt chair, Reprint2003, ISBN 3-936030-84-7
  • the prince day (novel), 1834
  • Luther (poem), 1834, publishing house skirt chair, Reprint, ISBN 3-936030-94-4
  • novellas and fantasy blooms, 1835
  • the legend treasure and the legend circles of the Thüringerlandes, 1835-38, George Olms publishing house, Reprint 2003, ISBN of 3-487-11991-9
  • poems, 1836
  • travels musi edges (novellas), 1837
  • Grumbach (Novel), 1839
  • from homeland and foreigner (narrations), 1839
  • Clarinette (novel), 1840
  • the legend treasure of the Franconia country, 1842
  • German fairy tale book, 1845, George Olms publishing house, Reprint 2003, ISBN 3-487-11991-9
  • Berthold the student (novel), 1850
  • the manuscripts Peter Schlemihls, 1851
  • German legend book, 1853, George OlmsPublishing house, Reprint 2003, ISBN 3-487-12501-3
  • people narration , 1853, publishing house skirt chair, Reprint, ISBN of 3-936030-92-8
  • shark stars (narrations), 1853
  • the dark count (novel), 1854
  • witch stories, 1854, George Olms publishing house, Reprint 1984, ISBN 3-487-08260-8
  • romantic legends and fairy tale, 1855, publishing house skirt chair, Reprint 2003, ISBN 3-936030-93-6
  • new German fairy tale book, 1855
  • the secrets of a miracle man, 1856
  • Thüringer legend book, 1858, publishing house skirt chair, Reprint 2001 in two volumes, ISBN 3-936030-07-3 and ISBN 3-936030-08-1
  • waiting castle (poems), 1859
  • of Thuringia king house, 1860


  • Rainer Bens: Some “Aussteiger from pharmacy”.Stuttgart: Dt. Pharmacist Verl.1989. (= sources and studies for the history of pharmacy; 53) ISBN 3-7692-1226-6
  • Alfreds Erck and. Hannelore cutter: From unpublished letters Ludwig Bechsteins. In: Palmbaum, Bucha b. Jena, 9 (2001), 1/2. S. 21-28.
  • Hans Graetz and. Andreas's soaping ore: Ludwig Bechsteins of letters at Catharina and William upholsterer.In:Yearbook of the Hennebergisch Frankish historical association, Meiningen, 19 (2004) S. [289] - 314.
  • Silke Hermann: Ludwig Bechstein as a librarian in Meiningen. In: Yearbook of the Hennebergisch Frankish historical association, Meiningen, 16.1 (2001) S. 71- 90.
  • Alive fairy tale and legend world. Ludwig Bechsteins work in the change of the times, hrsg. v. Karin judge and.Rainer Schlundt. Baltmannsweiler: Cutter Verl. High close honours 2003.ISBN 3-89676-739-9
  • Konrad Marwinski: Bechstein, Ludwig: More closely, fairy tale and legend collecting tank, archivist, librarian, national historian, 24. Nov. 1801 Weimar - 14. May 1860 Meiningen. In: Life ways in Thuringia, 2002, 2 (2002) S. 20-24.
  • Hanns Peter Mederer: Materials from myths. Ludwig Bechsteinas culture historians, Novellist and a novelist. Wiesbaden: Dt. Univ. - Verl. 2002. ISBN 3-8244-4497-6
  • Johannes Mötsch: Ludwig Bechstein as an archivist. In: Yearbook of the Hennebergisch Frankish historical association, Meiningen, 16.1 (2001) S. 53-70.
  • Castle-hard Schmidt: Ludwig Bechstein and the literary Rezeption of earlymodern witch pursuit in 19. Century.Hamburg: DOBU 2004. (= publicationsthe working group for historical witch and criminality research in Northern Germany; 4) ISBN 3-934632-09-2
  • Klaus Schmidt: Investigations to the fairy tale collections of Ludwig Bechstein. Nachdr. D. Expenditure. Leipzig 1935. Hildesheim and. A.: Olms. (= Volkskundliche sources; 3, fairy tale and vary) ISBN 3-487-07520-2
  • Susanne Schmidt Knaebel: Text linguistics of the simple form.Frankfurt/Main and. A.: Long 1999.ISBN 3-631-31191-5
  • Susanne Schmidt Knaebel: “One must nevertheless have someone, against which one expresses oneself”. Ludwig Bechsteins of letters at Dr. Ludwig stork. Aachen: Shaker 2000. ISBN 3-8265-7952-6
  • Heinrich Wagner: Ludwig Bechstein as historians.In: Yearbook of the Hennebergisch Frankish historical association, Meiningen,16,1 (2001) S. 21-32.
  • Heinrich Weigel: The “waiting castle poet” Ludwig Bechstein (1801-1860). In: Waiting castle yearbook, Bd. 10, 2001 (2002), S. 119-142.

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