Bodenstedt, Friedrich Martin, was born at Peine in Hanover in 1819, and brought up as a merchant. He abandoned this calling for literature, and became for a time tutor in Prince Galitzin's house at Moscow. Later on he kept a school at Tiflis, edited the Austrian Lloyd at Trieste and the Weser-Zeitung at Bremen, finally settling at Munich as Sclavonic Professor - a position which he exchanged for the management of the Court theatre at Meiningen. His works include several volumes of poems, some on Oriental themes, an account of the Races of the Caucasus, and A Thousand and one Days in the East, which has been translated into English. He has written some useful critical remarks on Shakespeare.