Bernd Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist (1777-1811) was a German dramatist, narrator, lyricist, publicist and patriot. In 1799, Kleist began studying physics, cultural history, Latin, and chamber sciences in Frankfurt. For him the natural sciences in the sense of the Enlightenment were an objective means of recognizing and improving themselves, society and the world. Kleist was a master in the art of narrative. Michael Kohlhaas (1808) is regarded as one of the most important German-language stories of her time. Kleist was equally interpreted as an unknown harbinger of literary modernism, as well as an important striker in the sense of the nationalist and chauvinist currents of the German Empire. He is best known for the "historical knightly drama", the Käthchen von Heilbronn (1808), his plays The Zerbrochnekrug (first performance in 1808), Amphitryon (1807) and the tragedy of Penthesilea.
Edith Clever (born 13 December 1940, in Wuppertal) is a German actress. This is a book of black and white photographs of Edith Clever as is acts out and interprets the tragedy of Penthesilea. It is also includes extracts from the text.