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Authors in German Literature

German Language Writers by Country

German literature (deutsche Literatur) does not come only from Germany. The geographic borders of German literature and Germany itself have varied over the centuries. Prague, now in the Czech Republic, was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and home to Franz Kafka and Rainer Maria Rilke, who both wrote in German. Below you will find the authors of German literature listed under one of the three main German-speaking countries. For an alphabetical listing see our Author Index.

Also see: Dual-Language German Poetry
Selected works in the original German with English prose or poetic translations.

Literatur - Gedichte


Autoren - Authors (by country)

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Austria - Österreich

Peter Handke
A short biography, books and links.

Franz Kafka
A short biography, books and links. Includes the "Kafka in Prague" photo gallery.

Robert Musil
A short biography, books and links.

Arthur Schnitzler: "Traumnovelle"
An article about the author of "Traumnovelle" (1927), the source for the Stanley Kubrick film "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999) with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Franz Werfel
Austrian novelist and poet who had a brief Hollywood career during his California exile years.

More Author Bios
Complete author index with short biographies and links for assorted authors of German literature.


Germany - Deutschland

Bertolt Brecht
A bilingual (English and German) profile of the German poet and playwright, best known for his Dreigroschenoper.

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
Her picture was on the German 20-mark bill, but the Westphalian poetess died virtually unknown in 1848. Find out more about this interesting author and her works.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A short biography, books, and links for the king of German literature.

Goethe-Gedichte
Selected verse by the German Shakespeare, J.W. Goethe. In German with line-by-line English translations.

Günter Grass
A short biography, books, and links for the Nobel Prize winning author and artist.

Hermann Hesse
A short biography, books, and links for this German/Swiss Nobel Prize winning author and artist. Hesse was born in Germany (Baden-Württemberg) but became a Swiss citizen in 1924. Author of Siddhartha, Der Steppenwolf, and Das Glasperlenspiel.

Erich Kästner: The Famous Unknown Author
One of Germany's least fully understood authors, Kästner was much more than just the writer of children's books, for which he is best known. If not for Disney ("The Parent Trap," "Emil and the Detectives"), Kästner would probably be totally unknown in the English-speaking world.

Erich Kästner Books
Books by and about this German author.

Erich Kästner on the Web
Many Web links for this popular German author and his works.

Heinrich Mann
A short biography, books, and links for this German writer. Heinrich Mann was born in Lübeck in 1871. Author of Professor Unrat (Blue Angel). Also see Photos of Lübeck and the Buddenbrookhaus there.

Thomas Mann
A short biography, books, and links for this German Nobel Prize-winning author. Thomas Mann was born in Lübeck in 1875. Author of Buddenbrooks, Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain), and Der Tod in Venedig (Death in Venice). Also see Photos of Lübeck and the Buddenbrookhaus there.

Karl May
Although this German writer of adventure tales set in the American Wild West never saw that part of the world himself, his over 80 novels and short stories set there and in other "exotic" locales have been popular reading for decades, making him the bestselling German author of all time. Also see Karl May Books in English and the Karl May reading selection Greenhorn (aus Winnetou I, 1892).

Friedrich Nietzsche
A short biography, books and links for the author/philosopher.

Ludwig Uhland
A short biography, poetry and links for this lawyer, politician, researcher and poet from Tübingen.

Shakespeare in German
No, he wasn't German, but the works of "der Schwan vom Avon" are very popular in German. With links to German Shakespeare sites.

Kurt Tucholsky
A short Kurt Tucholsky biography, books, and Web links.

More Author Bios
Short biographies and links for assorted authors of German literature.


Switzerland - die Schweiz

Friedrich Dürrenmatt
A short biography, books and links for this German-Swiss playwright.

Max Frisch
Links for this Swiss author and playwright.

Hermann Hesse
A short biography, books and links for the Nobel Prize winning author and artist. Hesse was born in Germany (Baden-Württemberg) but became a Swiss citizen in 1924. Author of Siddhartha, Der Steppenwolf, and Das Glasperlenspiel.

More Author Bios
Short biographies and links for assorted authors of German literature.


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Akif Pirinçci and the "Felidae" Cat Mysteries
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Dual-Language German Poetry
Selected works in the original German with English prose or poetic translations.

Book Reviews
Reviews of books and materials for German.

Das Goethe-Institut
All about this indispensible resource for just about anything to do with German and German culture.

Quotations/Sayings
German proverbs, sayings, and literary quotations on the Web.

Shakespeare in German
No, he wasn't German, but the works of "der Schwan vom Avon" are very popular in German. With links to German Shakespeare sites.


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