Excerpt from The Influence of English Literature on Friedrich Von Hagedorn: A Dissertation, Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Arts and Literature in Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures)
NO one has pretended to make a complete study of Hagedorn with reference to his English contemporaries, yet no German writer deserves such Study more than this poet, who probably did more than anyone else in his time to popularize English literature in Germany and to make it an important inﬂuence in German literature.
The following brief sketch of his life shows something of his literary environment. On the third of April, 1708, in Hamburg, he was born in a home where the poets of that city were frequent guests. Among these poets were Brookes, Konig, Hunold, Feind, Amthor, Wernicke, and Richey, all friends of his father. Their wide interests helped to develop in him cosmopolitan tastes.
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