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DEATH OF AN AUSTRIAN POET AND NOVELIST. German literature has suffered a great loss by the death of Alfred Meissner, the Austrian poet, novelist, and dramatic author, who died on the 29tb inst., at Bre- genz, in the Tyrol, aged 63. Alfred Meissner's father, Dr. Theophilus Meissner, was a popular author, his mother was a Scotchwoman, born at Inverary. The family was Protestant. Alfred Meissner was born at Teplitz, Bohemia, and graduated as a Doctor in Medicine at the University of Prague, but he soon gave Uj. ) his practice, and in 1846 published his re- markable epic "Ziska," which treats of the life and fate of John Huss. Meissner was a great friend of Heinrich Heine, and his second important work pub- lished in 1849 was called The Son of Atta Troll," being a continuation of Heine's celebrated political satire. Meanwhile, being an enthusiast in the cause of liberty and an ardent Czech Nationalist, Meissner found it prudent to leave Austria during Metternich's rule, and he spent several years in Paris, where among other things he wrote a volume entitled Re- volutionary Studies," and one called In the Year of Grace 1848." In 1850 he went to London as the guest of Lord John Russell, in whose house he pre- pared for the stage two dramas, "The Wife of Uriah and Reginald Armstrong; or, The World of Silver," but neither of these works was suc- cessful on the German stage, nor did he have better luck with a more ambitious drama, "The Pretender of York." Discouraged by these failures Meissner ceased to write for the stage. In 1855 he published his Recollections of Heinrich Heine," then a volume of novelettes, and one of very sweet lyrical poems. His first great novel, Between Princes and People," was a political story of 1848 and was widely read, but it has not remained so popular as Black and Yellow" and" The Children of Rome," which are accounted his best novels. During the last years of his life Meissner wrote a great deal for the Austrian papers. His last important prose work | was an aut obiography in three volumes, which abounds in anecdote and has been much appreciated by critics i for the force and freshness of its style.

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