Johann Christoph Gottsched

1700 (Königsberg, Prussia, now Kaliningrad, Russia) – 1766 (Leipzig)

Gottsched tried strenuously to elevate German literary culture to the level of the French. He met Goethe when he went to study in Leipzig, where Grimm studied under him and Boswell visited him. Luise sent him some of her work, they corresponded, they married. He was one of Haller’s numerous correspondents, and among the group who met at Ziegler’s house; he encouraged her to publish her poetry. Bach (also based in Leipzig) set some of his verses to music, though found himself reprimanded by church authorities for assuming a responsibility. It’s thought Bach altered some words, without Gottsched objecting.