Friedrich Schiller

Schiller began writing as an escape during enforced military service. When his first play, The Robbers, was discovered by his superiors, he was forbidden to write. He deserted the military and began living under an assumed name and working as a court playwright and stage manager. Other plays include Intrigue and Murder, Don Carlos, Wallenstein’s Camp, The Piccolomini, Wallenstein’s Death, Maid of Orleans, and William Tell.
 

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Playwright, 1759-1805