Gustav Esmann

Gustav Frederik Esmann (August 17, 1860 – September 4, 1904) was a Danish journalist, author, scriptwriter, and master of ceremonies.[1][2]

Gustav Esmann
Gustav Esmann by Juncker-Jensen.jpg
Born(1860-08-17)August 17, 1860
DiedSeptember 4, 1904(1904-09-04) (aged 44)
OccupationJournalist and author
Spouse(s)Fanny Drewsen
  • Niels Christian Esmann (father)
  • Adelheid Nathalie Weber (mother)

Esmann was among those who joined Herman Bang's circle, and in the 1880s he attracted attention as a feature writer in the newspapers. He made his debut as an author in 1885 with Gammel Gæld (Old Debt),[3] two short stories written in a blasé and ironic tone, and he wrote a dozen plays that were noted for their great technical stage finesse, including Den kjære Familje (The Dear Family, 1892)[3] and Alexander den Store (Alexander the Great, 1900). Most of his plays were performed at the Royal Danish Theatre, and his last two were also performed in Sweden. In his lifestyle, Esmann was a typical representative of the "Copenhagen boulevard intelligentsia."[4]

On September 4, 1904, Esmann was shot and killed at a hotel in Copenhagen by his mistress Karen Hammerich (1875–1904).[1][5][6]


  1. ^ a b Rimestad, Christian (2011). "Gustav Esmann". Dansk Biografisk Leksikon (in Danish). Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Dahl, Per (2020). "Gustav Esmann". Den Store Danske (in Danish). Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Gustav Fredrik Esmann". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  4. ^ Svensk uppslagsbok. Malmö: Svensk uppslagsbok AB. 1931.
  5. ^ "Kjøbenhavn. Et Revolverdrama—Mord og Selvmord". St. Paul Tidende. Saint Paul, MN. September 23, 1904. p. 2. Retrieved August 14, 2020 – via  
  6. ^ "Murdered Author, Then Shot Herself". The Buffalo Times. Buffalo, NY. September 25, 1904. p. 16. Retrieved August 15, 2020 – via