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Knud Lyne Rahbek
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Knud Lyne Rahbek (18 December 1760 – 22 April 1830) was a Danish literary historian, critic, writer, poet & magazine editor.

Knud Lyne Rahbek was son of the clergyman Jacob Rahbek, but he had always wanted to become an actor. In his youth he tried out as an actor at the Royal Danish Theatre, but because of his looks he was discarded.

Instead he turned to the role of a writer. He started out as a playwright, writing a series of semi-successful plays most notably the play The young Darcy ("Den unge Darcy" 1780) was a success. But the work that ensured his breakthrough was the work on the theory of acting Letters from an old actor to his son ("Breve fra en gammel ... more »

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