Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe

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Title page of the "Tragedy of Mr. Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe" (1768)

Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe (born February 4, 1738 in Weißenfels , † April 7, 1758 in Dresden ) was a German playwright .

After finishing school in Schulpforta , Brawe began studying law at the University of Leipzig . There he was in the circle of friends around Christian Fürchtegott Gellert , Ewald Christian von Kleist , Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and Christian Felix Weisse . Supported and promoted by Lessing, Brawe wrote a civil (“Der Freygeist”) and a historical (“Brutus”) tragedy .

His “Freygeist” is modeled on Lessing's “ Miss Sara Sampson ” and English dramas. In his drama used "Brutus" Brawe for the first time rhymeless iambic pentameter , which he thus on the German stage introduced.

Shortly after his appointment to the government council in Merseburg , the 20-year-old Brawe died on April 7, 1758 while visiting his parents in Dresden.


  • Tragedies . Winter, Berlin 1768.
  • The Freygeist. A tragedy in 5 acts . Ille & Riemer, Leipzig 2002, ISBN 3-936308-10-1 .
  • Brutus. A tragedy in 5 acts . Ille & Riemer, Leipzig 2007, ISBN 978-3-936308-11-2 .


  • Jakob Minor (ed.): Lessing's youth friends. Christian Felix Weisse, Johann Friedrich von Cronegk , Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe, Friedrich Nicolai . Niemeyer, Tübingen 1974 (reprint of the Berlin 1883 edition).
  • August Sauer : Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe, Lessing's pupil . Trübner, Strasbourg 1878.
  • Frank Fischer: Triumph of Vengeance. Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe and the Aesthetics of the Enlightenment . Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 2013, ISBN 978-3-8253-6217-1 .

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