The estate of August Count von Platen-Hallermünde (1796–1835) – Plateniana

August Count von Platen-Hallermünde (1796–1835) was a German poet who came from the old Pomeranian noble family von Platen. Raised in Ansbach, he entered the Munich cadet school of the Bavarian cadet corps in 1806 as a pupil and attended the royal Bavarian pagery from 1810.

In addition to foreign languages and history, he was also interested in his own literary development. His decision to join military service in 1813 coincided chronologically with growing awareness of his own homosexual orientation, which was to have a decisive influence on his poetic work. The receipt of a royal scholarship in the spring of 1818 enabled him to read law in Würzburg, to which end he was granted three years ' leave of absence from military service. With his move to the University of Erlangen in October 1819, Platen abandoned his original field of study and devoted himself to poetry.

The seven-year Erlangen period is regarded as the most poetically fertile period in Platen’s life. He turned to Persian language and literature and published in 1821 "Ghazelen" and in 1823 "Neue Ghaselen". In the summer of 1826, Platen received permission from the military authorities to study in Italy for two years. When, because of an argument with Heinrich Heine in 1827, Platen’s homosexuality had become public, he did not return permanently from his Italian exile. On the run from cholera, Platen travelled through Sicily from Palermo to Syracuse, where he presumably died suddenly from colic on 5 December 1835.

The completely digitised estate comprises 97 units (mostly bound manuscripts, but also many volumes of letters) and reflects his entire oeuvre from his youthful works to the last autobiographical records shortly before his untimely death at the age of 39. In addition to lyrical works, the estate, which was acquired by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library) in 1870, also contains dramatic poetry, historical studies, numerous translations, extensive correspondence and a diary kept for several years (Plateniana 48, Memorandum of my life).

>> This estate belongs to the collection of estates from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library).