Excerpt from Der Traum, Ein Leben: Dramatisches Märchen in Vier Aufzügen
When about sixteen at the Gymnasium he formed a firm friendship with a young literary aspirant, Mailler. In spired by mutual admiration they each wrote a play: Mail ler a Roman tragedy, Grillparzer a com... edy satirizing his teachers, as Lessing and Goethe had done before him. He also wrote youthful verses which promised well. But at school it was said he had no ear for verse. Later he learned the secret of rhythm from music, as he told Beethoven.
At seventeen he matriculated in the university as a stu dent oi law and philosophy. Here again he did little studying and much reading. His professors were very pedantic: the contempt felt for them he unfortunately transferred also to their subjects - then to scholars and learning in general. This prejudice never left him. In his reading at that period he busied himself much with dramatic literature and wrote a parody on the Eneid, called significantly Mein Traum.
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