Chamisso was often pestered with questions respecting what he really meant by the story of schlemihl.
I suppose he's such a schlemihl no father would ever look at him!
There is a haunting cold brightness about the schlemihl etchings.
Ten years after its publication a new kind of lamp, which cast no shadow, was named the schlemihl lamp.
We should take care, my dear Edward, not to expose the history of poor schlemihl to eyes unfit to look upon it.
I loved him, I repeat; and to this schlemihl, whom I had not seen for many a year, we owe the following sheets.
To his friends—if the few who were aware of his existence could be called friends—he was a schlemihl (a luckless fool).
“schlemihl” was also brought on the stage, but without giving the honours of authorship to the true source.
Among the characters were the grey man, and a certain Albert, probably intended for schlemihl.
"awkward, clumsy person," 1868, from Yiddish shlemiel "bungler," from main character in A. von Chamisso's German fable "The Wonderful History of Peter Schlemihl" (1813), probably from Biblical name Shelumiel (Num. i:6), chief of the tribe of Simeon, identified with the Simeonite prince Zimri ben Salu, who was killed while committing adultery. (cf. schlemazel).
A stupid person; fool; oaf; esp, a naive person often victimized: Don't talk like a schlemiel, you schlemiel/ playing the lovable schlemiel to Brooklyn Jews
[1892+; fr Yiddish shlemiel, probably fr the name of the main character in A von Chamisso's German fable The Wonderful History of Peter Schlemihl, 1813]