Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Lafontaine, August Heinrich Julius

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LAFONTAINE, AUGUST HEINRICH JULIUS (lä-fông-tān'), a German novelist; born in Brunswick, Oct. 5, 1758. He wrote more than 150 novels, and founded a school which in its day was regarded with high favor at the court of Prussia for its tone of illiberal moralizing sentimentality. Among his novels may be named: “Picture of the Human Heart” (1792); “Descriptions of the Life of Man” (1811); “The Parsonage on the Lake Side” (1816). He died in Halle, April 20, 1831.