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The New International Encyclopædia/Schmid, Hermann von

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SCHMID, Hermann von (1815-80). A German novelist and dramatist, born at Weizenkirchen, Austria, and educated at Munich. In 1870 he became manager of the Gärtnerthor Theatre, but resigned the position after a few years. His plays, collected in 1853, include several historical dramas, such as Karl Stuart and Columbus, but his greater success was in portraying peasant life, as in Die Z'widerwurz'n (1878) and Der Loder (1880). In his novels, too, such as Almenrausch und Edelweiss, Der Habermeister, etc., he is at his best when describing Bavarian customs.