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A Portrait of Mendelssohn$
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Clive Brown

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095395

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095395.001.0001

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A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

From an early age, Felix Mendelssohn showed a strong interest in reading and writing poetry, although very few of his poems were known outside the family circle. Even among his most cultured colleagues, Mendelssohn stood out for the range, depth, and quality of his talents, which can be attributed in part to his education. Robert Schumann noted that Mendelssohn had enormous knowledge of literature, including the Bible and William Shakespeare's works, and was a particularly good chess player. Mendelssohn also wrote letters that conveyed the wit, vivacity, and wisdom of his conversation. Of these letters, the most striking are the ones he sent to family and close friends. Mendelssohn likely continued to write verse and translate foreign poems into German throughout his life.

Keywords:   writing, poetry, Robert Schumann, letters

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