the Shakespeare of Triviality



  • A malicious nickname given to the German playwright Ernst Raupach(1784 - 1852) by the theater manager and playwright Heinrich Laube(1806 - 84). Jealousy may have played a part, since Raupach wasthe most popular and prolific dramatist of his time, turning out well-constructedhistories, such as the 16-play cycle The Hohenstaufens (1837).The epithet may have been prompted by Raupach's output of melodramas.