Initially studying commerce, Ludwig's interest in music and poetry led him to a career change and he produced an opera, Die Kohlerin (The Charcoal Burner) in 1838. He studied music under Mendelssohn in Leipzig in 1839, but was forced to abandon his musical career owing to ill health. Thereafter, he concentrated on literature. In 1850, he published Die Erbforster (The Hereditary Forester) which was moderately successful. His most memorable works include stories of Thuringian life, among which were Die Heitertei und ihr Wilderspiel (The Cheerful Ones and Their Opposites) (1851) and Zwischen Himmel und Erde (Between Heaven and Earth) (1856). Ludwig also produced a number of plays and wrote criticism.
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