Chamisso, Adelbert von. Born at the Castle of Boncourt in Champagne, France, 1781. A celebrated lyric poet of Germany who, though born in France, was driven from that country by the Revolution of 1790, and spent the greater part of his life in Prussia. Chamisso is best known by his "Peter Schlemihl, the Story of a Man Who Lost His Shadow," which was published in 1814, and has been translated into most European languages. Died in Berlin, 1838.