Educated at the University of Halle where he studied law, Immermann took time off from his studies to participate in the Napoleonic Wars from 1813 to 1817. From 1819 to 1824, he worked in the military court of Munster. From 1824 he was a criminal court judge in Magdeburg and in 1827 took a similar position in Dusseldorf. He begam producing dramatic works from around 1828. His writing stressed the change in social conditions of the time. His works include Das Trauerspiel in Tyrol (1828), Merlin (1832), Alexis (1832), Die Epigonen (1836) and Munchhausen (1838-1839) from which the novella Der Oberhof is derived.
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The Wonders in the Spessart
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