Frank Wedekind

Frank Wedekind, born in Hannover in 1864, grew up in Switzerland before he came to Munich where he worked as advertising manager for the Maggi Company and as journalist. He was co-founder of the Munich satirical magazine “Simplicissimus” and subsequently worked as actor, dramaturg and director at the Münchner Schauspielhaus, which later became the Kammerspiele. His most important dramas include “Spring Awakening” (1891), “Franziska” (1911) and “Lulu” (1913). Frank Wedekind was indicted for a satirical poem about Wilhelm II and imprisoned at the Königstein Fortress for several months from 1899 to 1900. When he died in Munich in 1918 the former scandalous writer had become a celebrated author.