The New International Encyclopædia/Wichert, Ernest
WICHERT, vĭK'ẽrt, Ernest (1831-1902). A German dramatist and novelist, born at Insterburg. With his play Unser General York (1858), Wichert won his first success, and from that time produced both plays and novels which established his reputation as a sound playwright and interesting story-teller. Licht und Schatten (1861), Die Realisten (1874), and Im Dienst der Pflicht (1897) are among his dramas. Considerable success attended his comedy Ein Schritt vom Wege (1871), also Biegen oder brechen (1874) and Als Verlobte empfehlen sich. His volumes of fiction include: Ein hässlicher Mensch (1868); Die Arbeiter (1873); Die Taube auf dem Dache (1892); and Die Schwestern (1896).