MEYER-BENFEY, Heinrich

MEYER-BENFEY, Heinrich. Liebenburg, Harzvorland 14.3.1869 — Buxtehude 30.12.1945. German Germanist and Indologist. A specialist of Tagore. Born H. Meyer. Studies of German, English and Sanskrit at Göttingen. He supported actively the women’s liberation movement and could not habilitate at conservative Göttingen (1910), instead he became PD 1919 at Hamburg and 1923 ao. Professor of German there. Retired 1938. Married 1895 Flora Benfey (d. 1904) and added her surname to his name. In 1906 married again with —> Helene Meyer-Franck. He opposed to antisemitismus and did no longer publish under Nazi regime.

Publications: Rabindranath Tagore. B. 1922.

Translated with H. Meyer-Franck: Tagore: Das Opfer und andere Dramen. 1920.

about Nala, Preuss. Jahrbücher 182, 1920, 219ff.

M. Kämpfer & Pr. K. Paul (edd.): Mein lieber Meister, Briefwechsel 1920–1938 / Rabindranath Tagore, Helene Meyer-Franck und Heinrich Meyer-Benfey. German tr. by Ingrid von Heiseler. Heidelberg 2011.

Much on German literature and other subjects not relevant here.

Sources: *ZDMG 81, 1927, p. lxx; German Wikipedia.

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