Franz Grillparzer

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Franz Grillparzer, Lithography by Joseph Kriehuber 1841

Franz Grillparzer (born Vienna, 15 January 1791 - died Vienna, 21 January 1872) was an Austrian dramatist and poet. His dramas include three plays (a “trilogy”) called Das Goldene Vliess (The Golden Fleece). Two other famous plays are Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen (The Waves of the Sea and of Love) and Der Traum, ein Leben (The Dream, a Life). Although he said he was not interested in prose his short story Der arme Spielmann (The poor minstrel) is probably the best known of his works and one of the best short stories of the 19th century. Grillparzer wrote the funeral speech for Beethoven's funeral in 1827.

An Austrian pastry is named after him: the Grillparzertorte.