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Frank Wedekind

German playwright

1864   -   1918

country of citizenship: Germany
native language: German
languages spoken, written or signed: German, French
educated at: University of Zurich, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, University of Lausanne
occupation: playwright, writer, journalist, screenwriter, actor, stage actor, author, poet

Benjamin Franklin Wedekind (July 24, 1864 – March 9, 1918) was a German playwright. His work, which often criticizes bourgeois attitudes (particularly towards sex), is considered to anticipate expressionism and was influential in the development of epic theatre.In the English-speaking world, before 2006 Wedekind was best known for the "Lulu" cycle, a two-play series—Erdgeist (Earth Spirit, 1895) and Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box, 1904)—centered on a young dancer/adventuress of mysterious origin. In 2006 his earlier play Frühlings Erwachen (Spring Awakening, 1891) became well known because of a Broadway musical adaptation.
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