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Karl August Varnhagen von Ense (1785–1858)

Varnhagen von Ense, Karl August. (värn-ä’gen fon en’sė). A distinguished Prussian diplomatist and author, regarded as one of the best of German prose-writers; born in Düsseldorf, Feb. 21, 1785; died in Berlin, Oct. 10, 1858. In 1814 he married Rahel Levin, an accomplished Jewess, and became conspicuous in Berlin society. His numerous works consist mainly of biographical studies,—including two memorials of his wife, who died in 1833,—tales, criticisms, and poems. Of his ‘Diaries’ several volumes have appeared.