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Ayrenhoff, Cornelius von
Cornelius von Ayrenhoff, painting by J. Lange
Ayrenhoff, Cornelius von, b. Vienna, May 28, 1733, d. Vienna, Aug. 15, 1819, officer and dramatist, established classicist drama in Austria modelled on French drama and the ideals of J. C. Gottscheds and opposed the appropriation of the stage by the Viennese buffoon (Hanswurst); paved the way for Austrian patriotic poetry as practised later by H. von Collin and F. Grillparzer.
Works: Tragedies: Aurelius, 1766; Hermanns Tod, 1768; Alceste, 1782. - Comedies: Der Postzug, 1769; Die große Batterie, 1770; Die gelehrte Frau, 1775. - Edition: Sämtl. Werke, 6 vols., 1789, 31814.
Literature: E. Horner, C. v. A., doctoral thesis, Vienna 1984.