August SilbersteinAugust Karl Silberstein (1 July 1827 – 7 March 1900) was an Austrian writer, born in Ofen, Budapest (Hungary). Silberstein was educated at the University of Vienna and supported the 1848 revolts in Austria-Hungary with his articles in the German satire periodical ''Leuchtkugeln'', which was banned in the middle of 1851. As a result, Silbertein was forced to leave his home.
Impassioned by the country life, he wrote stories of life in villages idealizing the countryside and published popular collections of tales. He was thus called the "Austrian Auerbach". His poems had influence in his lifetime, in particular upon the Austrian poet Peter Rosegger, to whom he was to some extent a mentor. These poems were sometimes put to music by composers such as Strauss (''Wenn du ein herzig Liebchen hast'' of 1879) or Anton Bruckner (''Germanenzug'' of 1864, ''Vaterlandslied'' of 1866, and ''Helgoland'' of 1893). Provided by Wikipedia