GERSTMANN, ADOLF JOSEPH:
German author; born July 31, 1855, at Ostrowo, Prussia. In infancy he was taken by his parents to Berlin; there he attended the Friedrich-Werder gymnasium, and later the university, studying philosophy and literature. In 1879 he joined the staff of the "Kleine Journal" as literary editor, and in 1883 that of the "National Zeitung"; at the same time he was correspondent for the "Pester Lloyd." He was engaged by Ludwig Barnay as teacher of dramatic art when the latter opened the Berliner Theater in the fall of 1888; and in the same capacity he went to the Hoftheater at Stuttgart in 1894. He is an authority on the history of the drama; editor of the "Theater-geschichtliche Rückblicke"; and one of the directors of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Theatergeschichte, founded in 1901. His works include: the dramas "Preussen in Paris," "Ein Bild des Lebens," "Auf Verbotenen Wegen," and "Die Leute von Hohenselchow" (1884); the comedies "Vergesslich," "Zwei Lebensretter," "Der Ehestifter," "Der Kernpunkt," "Die Komödie Seiner Durchlaucht" (in collaboration with Michel Klapp); a critical work, "Alphonse Daudet, Sein Leben und Seine Werke bis zum Jahre 1883"; an edition of the medieval play "Kurze Komödie von der Geburt des Herrn Christi," with introduction and notes (1886); many stories, essays, and reviews; and translations from Turgenef, Daudet, and others.