Max Waldau

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Max Waldau

Max Waldau (actually Richard Georg Spiller von Hauenschild , born March 25, 1825 in Breslau ; † January 20, 1855 at Gut Tscheidt , today Szczyty in Upper Silesia ) was a German writer who always appeared under this pseudonym .

Life, work and effect

The young aristocrat lost his father at an early age, was educated at home, then at grammar schools and initially studied law at the University of Breslau , was also active in the Corps Silesia , but then soon devoted himself to philosophical, philological and historical studies at the University of Heidelberg , where he was Dr. phil. PhD, but gave up further academic plans. After extensive travels (Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Italy) he retired as a liberal to his estate in Upper Silesia after the defeated revolution of 1848 , where he died unexpectedly early.

From 1847 Waldau published poetry and prose, including a small poem (Cordula) , in the usual neat, artistically not particularly brilliant form, without gaining a committed readership. He was close to “Young Germany” .

The publication of Leopold Schefer's early “erotic” works, Hafis in Hellas (Hamburg 1853) and Koran der Liebe (ibid. 1855), which were created since 1819, goes back to Max Waldau's intercession with Julius Campe and his subsequent editing .

His estate on Gut Tscheidt was lost in the fighting in 1945. - Tscheidt was renamed Maxwaldau in 1936 .



  • Ludwig Julius Fränkel:  Spiller von Hauenschild, Richard Georg . In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Volume 35, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1893, pp. 190-196.
  • Ludwig Julius Fränkel:  Hauenschild, Georg von . In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Volume 50, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1905, pp. 62-64.
  • Bernd-Ingo Friedrich : "Georg Spiller von Hauenschild and Leopold Schefer", in: Silesia Nova . Neisse Verlag, Dresden, issue 02/2017, pp. 42–62.
  • Georg von Hauenschild: Letters to poets and scholars, publishers and friends . Edited, introduced and commented on by Gerhard Kosellek. Neisse Verlag, Dresden, 2016.
  • Franz Pietsch: Max Waldau. A contribution to the history of Young Germany using unprinted handwritten sources , Phil. Diss., Breslau 1921
  • Robert Prutz : "In memory of Max Waldau", in: Deutsches Museum , No. 4, January 20, 1859, pp. 129–141
  • Karl Schumacher: Max Waldau (Richard Georg von Hauenschild). Life, works and fate of a German poet; using the estate and sources not yet processed , Germanische Studien 38, Ebering, Berlin 1925

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  1. See Schumacher 1925.
  2. See Pietsch 1921.