Devrient, Eduard

   Actor, historian. With a career as an orchestra bassist well established by 1820, Devrient's parents hoped their son could avoid the acting trade, which they felt had plagued their family since the rise of uncle Ludwig Devrient to stardom in Berlin. To their shock and horror, Eduard abandoned instrumental music at age 43 and began acting in Dresden. By 1852 he had become director of the Karlsruhe Court Theater. Devrient's true success, however, lay in his probity as a theater historian. His five-volume Geschichte der deutschen Schauspielkunst (History of German Dramatic Art), published between 1848 and 1874, was the first of its kind: a detailed account of the German theater's history, often recounted from the standpoint of the actor. Eduard Devrient was the brother of Carl Devrient and Emil Devrient and the father of Otto Devrient.

Historical dictionary of German Theatre. . 2006.

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  • Devrient — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Babette Devrient Reinhold (1863–1940), Schauspielerin, verheiratet mit Max Devrient Eduard Devrient (1801–1877), deutscher Schauspieler und Theaterleiter, Neffe von Ludwig, Bruder von Karl August und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Eduard Devrient — Philipp Eduard Devrient Philipp Eduard Devrient (* 11. August 1801 in Berlin; † 4. Oktober 1877 in Karlsruhe) war ein deutscher Schauspieler, Sänger und Theaterleiter. Die Familie Devrient stammt ursprünglich vom Niederrhein und hat flämische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Devrient, Ludwig — ▪ German actor born Dec. 15, 1784, Berlin [Germany] died Dec. 30, 1832, Berlin       greatest and most original actor of the Romantic period in Germany, whose temperament, characterizations, and life invite comparison with his English… …   Universalium

  • Devrient, Otto — ▪ German actor and director born Oct. 3, 1838, Berlin [Germany] died July 23, 1894, Stettin, Ger.       German actor, director, producer, and playwright.       Grandnephew of the great Romantic actor Ludwig Devrient (Devrient, Ludwig), Otto was… …   Universalium

  • Devrient, Ludwig — (1784 1832)    Actor. Among the first German actors to earn the sobriquet demonic, Devrient was an emblem of Romanticism on the German stage. He began his career in 1804 as Ludwig Herzberg, whom audiences found utterly unconvincing.    When he… …   Historical dictionary of German Theatre

  • Devrient — may refer to: People Family of actors Ludwig Devrient (1784–1832), uncle to Karl August, Eduard, Emil Karl August Devrient (1797–1872), nephew of Ludwig, brother of Eduard and Emil, married to Wilhelmine Eduard Devrient (1801–1877), nephew of… …   Wikipedia

  • Eduard — ist ein männlicher Vorname. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Herkunft und Bedeutung 2 Namenstag 3 Varianten 3.1 Sprachbezogen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Devrient — (spr. dewrĭäng, eigentlich De Vrient), Name einer deutschen Schauspielerfamilie, von der sich folgende Glieder bekannt gemacht haben: 1) Ludwig, der genialste seines Namens, geb. 15. Dez. 1784 als Sohn eines Seidenhändlers in Berlin, gest.… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Devrient — (spr. wrĭäng), Schauspielerfamilie. – Ludw. D., geb. 15. Dez. 1784 zu Berlin, seit 1815 am Hoftheater das., gest. 30. Dez. 1832, ein Künstler von ursprünglicher Genialität und unerreichter Gestaltungskraft in komischen und tragischen… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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