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KEMPNER, FRIEDERIKE:

German poet; born at Opatow, Posen, June 25, 1836; died at Friederikenhof Feb. 23, 1904. She early developed aninterest in general humanitarian questions and especially in hygiene, and urgently advocated the introduction of morgues and crematories, and the abolition of solitary confinement. Some years before her death she was stricken with blindness. She resided on her estate of Friederikenhof, near Reichsthal, where she wrote: "Gedichte," 2d ed., Breslau, 1852 (frequently republished); "Novellen," 1861; "Denkschrift über die Nothwendigkeit einer Gesetzlichen Einführung von Leichenhäusern)," 1867 (republished five times); "Nettelbeck als Patriot und Kosmopolit," a novel, 1868; and the following dramas: "Berenice," 1860; "Rudolf der Zweite," 1867; "Antigonos," 1880.

Bibliography:
  • Brümmer, Lexikon Deutscher Dichter und Prosaisten des Neunzehnten Jahrhunderts, p. 409;
  • Allg. Zeit. des Jud. March 18, 1904.
S. M. K.
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