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Heinrich Von Kleist (1777 - 1811)
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German writer and poet Heinrich von Kleist was one of the most passionate and brutal of the Romantic writers, and one of the first to attack Enlightenment rationalism. His short stories and plays, widely criticised during his lifetime, dealt with the turmoil and conflict of human existence, and the full influence of his achievement can be seen in writers and thinkers such as Kafka, Kierkegaard and Thomas Mann.