Austrian poet and novelist; born Dec. 13, 1828, at Vienna; died Dec. 30, 1876, at Meran; studied philosophy and history at the University of Vienna. In 1847 he took temporary charge of his father's business, and for a few years afterward was employed by the Nordbahn (Northern R. R.), resigning to devote himself to literature. During a short stay in Berlin he became a Roman Catholic (1857), and in 1858 took up his residence in Vienna, where he was well known as a writer and critic for the leading papers of the Austrian empire.
In 1864 Kuh was appointed professor of German language and literature at the Vienna Commercial College (Handelsschule), but was compelled by ill health to resign after a few years and retire to Meran. He published the following works: "Friedrich Hebbel" (Vienna, 1854); "Drei Erzählungen" (Troppau, 1857); "Gedichte" (Brunswick, 1858); "Dichterbuch aus Oesterreich" (Vienna, 1863); "Ueber Neuere Lyrik" (ib. 1865); "Adalbert Stifter" (ib. 1868); "Zwei Dichter Oesterreichs" (Budapest, 1872); "Biographie Friedrich Hebbel's" (Vienna, 1877). Together with G. Glaser he published the "Gesammelte Werke von Friedrich Hebbel" (Hamburg, 1864-68), and with F. Pachler the "Nachlass" of Friedrich Halm (Vienna, 1872). The "Wiener Jahrbuch für Israeliten" contains some of his poems. Kuh's correspondence with Theodor Storm was published by his son Paul Kuh in vol. 67 of "Westermann's Monatshefte" (1889-90).
- Meyers Konversations-Lexikon.