Karl Stieler

Karl Stieler (1842-1885) was born in Munich as the son of the royal Bavarian court painter Joseph Stieler (1781-1858) and his second wife Josephine von Miller (1809-1890). Despite his literary inclinations, for some time he entertained the wish to become a painter like his father. But he decided to read law, and completed his studies in 1869 with the state exam and the doctorate. He was employed as an archivist at the Bavarian Reichsarchiv (imperial archive) in Munich. From 1882, he worked there as assessor.

On 27 May 1871, Stieler married Mary Bischof, the daughter of a Nuremberg merchant, by whom he had three daughters. Dora Stieler (1875-1957) was to inherit her father's poetic talent and to publish three volumes of poetry in High German and in dialect. Karl Stieler himself, same as his poet colleagues Paul Heyse (1830-1914) and Emanuel Geibel (1815-1884), belonged to the "crocodiles" and took part in the publication of magnificent illustrated folio volumes of the Gründerzeit.

The literary fruits of his labour were expressed in the form of travel sketches in newspapers, magazines and books, but also in volumes of poetry. Back in 1865, his poetry volume "Bergbleamln" was published, while in 1869 the book "Posthornklänge" with travel sketches was produced. Both poems written in German ("Hochlandslieder", 1879; "Neue Hochlandslieder", 1881; "Ein Winteridyll", 1885) and lyrics in dialect reminiscent of Franz von Kobell (1803-1882) ("Weil’s mi freut!", 1876; "Habt’s a Schneid!?", 1877; "A Hochzeit im Gebirg", 1880; "In der Sommerfrisch", 1883) were among Stieler's poetic repertoire. Many of his poems were written in his house at Tegernsee.

In his empirical worlds, the intellectual city-dweller competes with the down-to-earth, hunting nature-loving highlander. His lyrical genre sketches from the life of the Bavarian rural population oscillate between dark satirical and humorous colouring. Less successful, however, were his "Stimmungsbilder" from the war of 1870/71, which appeared posthumously in 1886 under the title "Durch Krieg und Frieden" (Through War and Peace) and are pervaded by German national chauvinism.

In the winter of 1884/85, Stieler caught a serious cold, from which he would never recover: after a boat trip in March 1885, he was transported back to Munich with a high fever and died in his apartment.

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Karl Stieler: Literarische Arbeiten

Karl Stieler (1842-1885) Nachlass: Literarische Arbeiten. A Hochzeit in de Berg. Gedicht. - BSB Stieleriana II 10.I.4

2 Fotos von Karl Stieler

Karl Stieler (1842-1885) Nachlass: 2 Fotos von Karl Stieler - BSB Stieleriana II 12.I.4

Haarlocke von Karl Stieler

Karl Stieler (1842-1885) Nachlass: Haarlocke von Karl Stieler - BSB Stieleriana II 12.I.5

Karl Stieler: Gedenk-Blätter gesammelt bei seinem tiefbeklagten allzufrühen Tode

Karl Stieler (1842-1885) Nachlass: Karl Stieler. Gedenk-Blätter gesammelt bei seinem tiefbeklagten allzufrühen Tode - BSB Stieleriana II 12.II.7