Fouqué was as well-connected in German cultural circles as he was blessed with literary facility. Several of his acquaintances were also literary collaborators, or influenced by him. Schlegel was a strong early influence, and published his first book. Goethe and Fouqué corresponded for years after their meeting in Weimar, when Schiller and Herder were also met. Von Arnim kept in close touch, and Heine was among his circle in Paris. He wrote a libretto for his close friend Hoffmann (Beethoven also considered approaching him.) Kleist, Runge, Tieck, Fichte, Brentano, Friedrich and Weber were among his other acquaintances.