: Gotthold Lessing
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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a German philosopher, playwright, and art critic. Lessing was one of the most prominent figures of the Enlightenment Era and his writings helped shape the development of modern German literature. Lessing's most famous plays are Nathan the Wise, Emilia Galotti, and Minna von Barnhelm. Minna von Barnhelm is a comedy set during the Seven Years' War that centers around a dishonorably discharged soldier in the Prussian Army and his lost love.