August Wilhelm Schlegel

  • Born: (Hanover, Electorate of Hanover)
  • Died: (Bonn, Rhine Province)

August Wilhelm (after 1812: von) Schlegel, usually cited as August Schlegel, was a German poet, translator and critic, and with his brother Friedrich Schlegel the leading influence within Jena Romanticism. His translations of Shakespeare turned the English dramatist's works into German classics. Schlegel was also the first professor of Sanskrit in Continental Europe and produced a translation of the Bhagavad Gita. Brother of Friedrich Schlegel.

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