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The New International Encyclopædia/Bechstein, Ludwig

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BECHSTEIN, Ludwig (1801-60). A German author, born at Weimar. He first studied pharmacy, but subsequently devoted himself to the study of philosophy, literature, and history at the universities of Leipzig and Munich, and in 1831 was appointed librarian of the Ducal Library at Meiningen. He was a learned student of Germanic folk-lore, wrote novels and verses, but is chiefly known for his collection of fairy-stories. His publications include the poems Der Totentanz (Leipzig, 1831) and Luther (1834); the tale, Fahrten eines Musikanten (1836-37); and the Deutsches Märchenbuch (1879) and Neues deutsches Märchenbuch (1882).