Johann Jakob Wilhelm Heinse, a German author, born at Langewiesen, Schwarzburg-Son-dershausen, about 1749, died in Mentz, July 22, 1803. His first publication was a very free translation of Petronius Arbiter, followed by Laidion, an apotheosis of the voluptuous and beautiful in art. Heinse defended himself against the charge of indecency, while Goethe, impressed by the extraordinary merit of Laidion, apart from its immorality, praised it highly. In 1776 he left Gleim to accompany Jacobi to Dusseldorf, whom he there assisted in editing a periodical entitled Iris. In 1780 he went to Italy, proceeded in 1782 with the artist Kobel to Naples, and returned with Angelica Kauffmann to Rome. Having returned to Germany, principally on foot, he became librarian to the elector of Mentz, and published the famous romance of Ardinghello. This was succeeded by Anastasia, a romance consisting of problems in chess and scenes turning on the game; and this by Hildegard Ton Hohenthal, the conclusion of Ardinghello. In addition to the above, he wrote Sinngedichte (Halberstadt, 1771), and translated Ariosto's "Orlando" and Tasso's "Jerusalem Delivered."