Lenz, Jakob Michael Reinhold

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Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz (yä´kôp mĬkh´äĕl rīn´hôlt lĕnts), 1751–92, German writer. He was a friend of Goethe, whom he first imitated, then lampooned. A gifted poet, he wrote lyric poems; plays, including the comedies Der Hofmeister (1774) and Die Soldaten (1776); and critical works, notably Anmerkungen übers Theater [remarks on the theater] (1774). He is a principal representative of the Sturm und Drang movement.