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Christiane Mariane von Ziegler wrote these 33 letters between 1731 and 1733. They illuminate both her character and particular events in her life during the years between her invitation to join the Deutsche Gesellschaft and her coronation as poet laureate. Ziegler actively participated in some of the intrigues surrounding the first Professor of German Rhetoric in Halle, Johann Ernst Philippi. Her involvement in these intrigues provoked Philippi to acts of revenge that ultimately damaged Ziegler's own reputation. Orchestrating much of the mischief from afar were the Liscow brothers and Hagedorn, opponents of the gallant and heroic style in literature. The letters are reprinted her for the first time since 1792.


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