Goldschmidt, Meïr Aaron (mĪˈər äˈrôn gôlˈshmĭt) [key], 1819–97, Danish novelist, dramatist, and journalist. In his critical weekly Corsaren, he first spared, then ridiculed Kierkegaard. Goldschmidt's novel The Jew of Denmark (1845, tr. 1852) was the first work to portray Jewish life for the Danish public; The Heir (1863, tr. 1865) was the first Danish novel to deal with divorce. One of his most popular novels was The Homeless (1853–57; tr., 3 vol., 1861).
See studies by K. Ober (1976) and E. Bredsdorff (1977).