- Kerala J. Snyder
( b Uichteritz, nr Weissenfels, May 12, 1671; d Hamburg, Aug 18, 1756). German poet and theologian . The son of a schoolmaster, he received his education at Schulpforta and the university in Leipzig, where he matriculated in 1689 to study both theology and literature. After the completion in 1695 of his inaugural dissertation, a critical bibliography of 17th-century German poets, he was appointed Magister legens at the university and delivered a series of lectures on poetry that year. These lectures were published without his permission in 1707 by Christian Friedrich Hunold (‘Menantes’) under the title Die allerneueste Art, zur reinen und galanten Poesie zu gelangen. Neumeister began his career as a pastor in Bad Bibra from 1697 to 1704; he also served in Weissenfels (1704–6) and Sorau (1706–15) before becoming head pastor at the Jacobikirche in Hamburg (1715), where he remained until his retirement in ...