"I picked up Eichendorff's 'Memoirs of a Good For Nothing'"

 Eichendorff was a German poet and novelist born in 1788.  His poetry was set to music by noted composers such as Schumann, Strauss and Brahms.  ‘Memoirs of a Good For Nothing’ was written in 1826 and follows the Romantic themes of unattainable love and the hero’s need to go abroad in order to move his life forward.