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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

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MINNA VON BARNHELM
OR
THE SOLDIER'S FORTUNE 

by GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING 

Translated By
Ernest Bell 

INTRODUCTORY NOTE 

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was born at Kamenz, Germany, January 22,
1729, the son of a Lutheran minister.  He was educated at Meissen
and Leipzic, and began writing for the stage before he was twenty.
In 1748 he went to Berlin, where he met Voltaire and for a time
was powerfully influenced by him.  The most important product of
this period was his tragedy of "Miss Sara Samson," a modern
version of the story of Medea, which began the vogue of the
sentimental middle-class play in Germany.  After a second sojourn

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