Gottfried Keller

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Date of Birth July 19, 1819
Place of Birth Switzerland
Date of Death Jul 15, 1890 (70)
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Gottfried Keller

Gottfried Keller was a Swiss poet and writer of German literature. Best known for his novel Green Henry, he became one of the most popular narrators of literary realism in the late 19th century.

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About Gottfried Keller

Swiss poet in German Literature who became one of the most popular narrators of literary realism and was known for his novel Green Henry.

Before Fame

He started painting and was an apprentice in 1934 to landscape painter Steiger before later studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1840.


He became the First Official Secretary of the Canton of Zurich in 1861.

Family Life

His father was a lathe-worker and after his death, his family lived in constant poverty.


Like him, Daniele Pantano has been a Swiss poet.

Information related to Gottfried Keller

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  • Lyric poetry - Lyric poetry is a formal type of poetry which expresses personal emotions or feelings, typically spoken in the first person. The term derives from a form of Ancient Greek literature, the lyric, which was defined by its musical accompaniment, usually on a stringed instrument known as a lyre.
  • Gottfried Keller Foundation - Gottfried Keller-Stiftung, commonly abbreviated to GKS, meaning Gottfried Keller Foundation, is an arts foundation related to Cultural heritage of Switzerland, named by its founder Lydia Welti-Escher after the Swiss 'national' poet Gottfried Keller.
  • 19th-century Swiss novelists
  • 19th-century Swiss poets
  • Swiss poets in German
  • Swiss dramatists and playwrights
  • 19th-century dramatists and playwrights
  • Swiss male poets
  • Swiss male novelists
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Munich alumni
  • Members of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art
  • Heidelberg University alumni
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