Jean Paul (Friedrich) Richter, 1763 - 1825

Jean Paul Richter was a German Romantic novelist and humorist who was known to the Transcendentalists initially through the writings of Thomas CarlyleRalph Waldo Emerson quoted Richter in his essay on "Love," and Margaret Fuller published two poems about Richter in the Dial.
He has been written about as follows by Octavius Brooks Frothingham, the first historian of American Transcendentalism.
Of Richter he writes: "Richter's philosophy, a matter of no ordinary interest, both as it agrees with the common philosophy of Germany, and disagrees with it, must not be touched on for the present.  One only observation we shall make: it is not mechanical or sceptical; it springs not from the forum or the laboratory, but from the depths of the human spirit, and yields as its fairest product a noble system of morality, and the firmest conviction of religion.  An intense and continual faith in man's immortality and native grandeur accompanies him; from amid the vortices of life he looks up to a heavenly loadstar; the solution of what is visible and transient, he finds in what is invisible and eternal.  He has doubted, he denies, yet he believes."
. . . Carlyle's efforts at interesting English readers through his remarkable translation of Wilhelm Meister, and the "Specimens of German Romance," which contained pieces by Tieck, Jean Paul, Hoffmann, and Musæus, published in 1827, were seconded here by F. H. Hedge, C. T. Brooks, J. S. Dwight, and others, who made familiar to the American public the choicest poems of the most famous German bards.  Richter became well known by his "Autobiography," "Quintus Fixlein," "Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces," "Hesperus," "Titan," "The Campaner Thal," the writings and versions of Madame de Staël.