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Friedrich-Albert-Alexander Stapfer (Paris (?), 1802–Paris, 1892)

Son of Philippe-Albert Stapfer (Berne, 1766-Paris, 1840), a Protestant theologian and politician who was born in Switzerland and moved to France in 1801, Albert Stapfer received an extensive philosophical education that directed him toward scholarly work and literature. Starting in 1822, he began to oversee the publication of the French translations of J. W. Goethe’s dramatic works. Faust, which Mme de Stael had already published in part in her De l’Allemagne, appeared in French in 1823, and Goethe himself-whom Stapfer visited in the spring of 1827 during a trip to Weimar along with his friend, Jean-Jacques Ampère (1800-1864), literature professor at the Collège de France-told him the translation was a brilliant success.

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