The American Cyclopædia (1879)/Böttger, Adolf
BÖTTGER, Adolf, a German poet, born in Leipsic, May 21, 1815, died there, Nov. 16, 1870. He studied at the university of Leipsic, and his father, the author of a German-English dictionary, instructed him in the English and other foreign languages. He translated Byron (1840), Pope (1842), Goldsmith's poems (1843), Milton's poetical works (1846), Ossian (1847), Shakespeare's “As You Like It,” “Midsummer Night's Dream,” and “Much Ado about Nothing” (1847), Racine's Phèdre and Ponsard's Odyssée (1853), and Longfellow's “Hiawatha” (1856). Among his principal poems are Pausanias, Der Fall von Babylon, Habana, and Die Tochter des Kain. One of his most idyllic productions is Goethe's Jugendliebe, a description of some of Goethe's love affairs. A complete edition of his original poetical, dramatic, and prose works has been published in Leipsic in 8 vols. (1864 et seq.).