1759～1805. German poet and dramatist. Together with Goethe, he played an important role in the “Sturm und Drang” movement. The major works of his Die Räuber(1781)、Wilhelm Tell (1804) and others. He also wrote essays on art under the influence of Kant such as Kalias oder Über die Schönheit (1793） and Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen (1795）.
In 'The Use of Beauty' in Laurus Nobilis, Lee writes: “Indeed, it has long been remarked (the poet Schiller working out the theory) that, as there is in man's nature a longing for mere unconditioned exercise, one of Art's chief missions is to give us free scope to be ourselves....Art may surely become the training-place of our soul. Art may teach us how to employ our liberty, how to select our wishes: employ our liberty so as to respect that of others; select our wishes in such a manner as to further the wishes of our fellow creatures."
The German aestheticism seem to have had great influence on Vernon Lee.