Georg Büchner

Georg Büchner, born on October 17, 1813 in Goddelau near Darmstadt, was the first of eight children. Büchner studied medicine and natural sciences in Strasbourg from 1831 to 1833 and history and philosophy in Giessen from 1833. In 1834, he founded the 'Society for Human Rights' and, together with Ludwig Weidig, published the pamphlet 'Hessischer Landbote', in which the rural population of Hesse was called upon to revolutionize against absolutist oppression. Alongside his studies and political commitment, Büchner began to write. He wrote Danton's Death, Lenz and Leonce and Lena. In 1835, Büchner fled to Strasbourg to escape political persecution. After receiving his doctorate, Büchner worked as a private lecturer in comparative anatomy at the University of Zurich from 1836. There Büchner wrote the drama Woyzeck, which remained a fragment. At the beginning of 1837, Büchner fell ill with typhoid fever and died shortly afterwards, on February 19, 1837, in Zurich.