The American Cyclopædia (1879)/Knebel, Karl Ludwig von

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KNEBEL, Karl Ludwig von, a German author, born at Wallerstein, Bavaria, Nov. 30, 1744, died in Jena, Feb. 23, 1834. His family were Protestant refugees from the Netherlands. He became an officer in the regiment of the Prussian crown prince, and was subsequently connected with the court at Weimar, and with Goethe, whose confidence he enjoyed. He made excellent translations, especially of Alfieri's “Saul,” and wrote poetry. Varnhagen von Ense and Mundt edited his literary remains and correspondence (3 vols., Leipsic, 1835), the latter furnishing a biographical notice, and Guhrauer published Knebel's Briefwechsel mit Goethe (2 vols., 1851).