The New International Encyclopædia/Kind, Johann Friedrich
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Kind, Johann Friedrich
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KIND, kĭnt, Johann Friedrich (1768-1843). A German poet, dramatist, and romancer, born in Leipzig. He began in 1793 the practice of law in Dresden, but abandoned it in 1814 to devote himself exclusively to literary work. With Winkler he edited the Abendzeitung from 1817 to 1826. His poems (5 vols., 1808) are weakly sentimental, but his tales and novels appealed to many readers, and some of his dramas held the stage for a considerable time. He is, however, best remembered for his operatic libretti, Das Nachtlager von Granada (music by Kreutzer), Der Holzdieb (music by Marschner), and, above all, Der Freischütz, imperishable through Weber's famous composition.