, 1839-89, Austrian writer. An actor and a clerk in the imperial police, Anzengruber had little success as a writer until the production (1870) of his anticlerical play Der Pfarrer von Kirchfeld
[the parish priest of Kirchfeld]. It was the first of a series of folk plays and was followed by Der Meineidbauer
(1871, tr. The Farmer Forsworn,
1913-15) and Die Kreuzelschreiber
(1872, tr. The Crossmakers,
1958). Das vierte Gebot
(1878, tr. The Fourth Commandment,
1912) is an early example of naturalism
. Anzengruber also wrote short stories and two novels.
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