from Maximin: ein Gedenkbuch by Stefan George. Poetry book designed and illustrated by Melchior Lechter. Maximilian Kronberger, (Maximin) ( 1888 - 1904), German poet and a significant figure in the literary circle of Stefan George (the so‑called George‑Kreis). He came to the attention of Stefan George in Munich ca 1903 ; he died unexpectedly of meningitis the following year, on the day after his 16th birthday. He was "idealized by George following his death.