Brentano, Clemens, author, was born in 1778 at Frankfort-on-the-Main. After studying at Jena and spending some time successively at Heidelberg, Vienna, and Berlin, he withdrew in disgust at sublunary affairs to Dulmen in 1818. Meanwhile he had published various of his poems, the first in 1800, a collection of satires and poetical dramas. In 1804 appeared Ponce de Leon, in 1816 Die Grundung Prags, and in 1817 Victoria - his best pieces, and marked by strong dramatic power and rich humour. He also wrote novels, of which the most successful, History of Caspar the Brave and the Fair Annerl, has been translated into English. He died in 1842 at Aschaffenburg.