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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (Kamenz, Saxony, January 22, 1729-Brunswick, February 15, 1781) was the most important German writer in the illustration. With his dramas and theoretical essays he had a significant influence on the evolution of German literature.
Lessing, son of a pastor and theologian, grew up in Kamenz. After starting in 1737 his formation in the village school and following it in 1741 at the Santa Afra de Meissen Academy, he began in 1746 to study Theology and Medicine in Leipzig, which ended in 1748. From 1748 to 1760 he lived in Leipzig and Berlin, where he worked as a critic and editor, among other publications, of the Vossische Zeitung newspaper. In 1752 he obtained the academic title of Magister (equivalent to the current “degree”) in Wittenberg. From 1760 to 1765 he was secretary of General Friedrich Bogislav, Count of Tauentzien. In 1765 he returned to Berlin from where he moved to Hamburg in 1767 to work as a dramatist and adviser to the Deutsches Nationaltheater (German National Theater). That’s where he met Eva König, his future wife. In 1770 he was appointed librarian at the Herzog-August-Bibliothek (“Library of the August Duke”) of Wolfenbüttel. However, his work was interrupted multiple times due to several trips, among others in 1775 together with Prince Leopoldo to Italy. In 1776 he married Eva König, who had become a widow, in Jork (near Hamburg). Eva Lessing died in 1778 after the birth of a son who did not survive either. On February 15, 1781, Lessing died while visiting the wine merchant Angott in Brunswick.
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