Keller, Gottfried

Keller, Gottfried gôt´frēt [key], 1819–90, Swiss novelist, poet, and short-story writer. His vital, realistic, and purposeful fiction gives him a high place among 19th-century authors. Chief among his works is the educational novel, Der grüne Heinrich (1854–55 tr. Green Henry, 1960), which he later revised. It is considered one of the outstanding works of the 19th cent. A number of short stories are included in People of Seldwyla (1856–74 tr. 1929) among them is the highly regarded tale which was the basis of Delius's opera A Village Romeo and Juliet.

See J. M. Lindsay, Gottfried Keller: Life and Works (Am. ed. 1969).

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