A Companion to Twentieth-Century German Literature by Raymond Furness

By Raymond Furness

Containing entries on over 400 authors of fiction, poetry and drama from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, this useful paintings of reference provides fabric of a variety and intensity that no different ebook at the topic in English attains. For the second one variation, the entries were up-to-date to incorporate the newest works of German literature. a couple of new entries were extra, dealing particularly with the East German literary scene and the altering literary panorama after reunification. as well as simple biographical proof, the significant other bargains summaries, details on involvement in literary teams and political advancements, faculties and pursuits, serious phrases and facets of the opposite arts, together with movie.

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A ten-volume edition of his writings appeared in 1938: he received the Goethe medal in the same year. Blunck’s poetry (Balladen und Gedichte (1937) and Die Sage vom Reich (1941–2)) is generally undistinguished and extols Teutonic greatness and North-German peasant life. Blunck was pronounced a Nazi sympathizer and collaborator by the Denazification Tribunal in 1949: he insisted that the verdict was unjust. Buch der Balladen appeared in 1950, Unwegsame Zeiten in 1952 and Sagen vom Rhein in 1957.

The trilogies Das werdende Volk (1920–3), Die Urvätersaga (1925–8) and Märchen von der Niederelbe (1922–30) continue the tradition of the Heimat-novel and contain familiar stereotypes. From 1933 to 1935 Blunck was president of the newlyformed Reichsschrifttumskammer; relations between him and Joseph Goebbels became strained, and Hanns Johst replaced him. A ten-volume edition of his writings appeared in 1938: he received the Goethe medal in the same year. Blunck’s poetry (Balladen und Gedichte (1937) and Die Sage vom Reich (1941–2)) is generally undistinguished and extols Teutonic greatness and North-German peasant life.

Wellershoff) appeared between 1958 and 1961 (reprinted 1968); Sämtliche Erzählungen in 1970 and Das Hauptwerk (four vols) in 1980. A complete edition (Stuttgarter Ausgabe) began publication in 1986. Bergengruen, Werner (1892–1962) Born in Riga, Bergengruen fought in the First World War and in the subsequent campaign in the Baltic. Th. Hoffmann) and pseudo-expressionistic account of student life in which Atum, an ancient Egyptian sun-god, acts as judge and paradigm. Collections of Novellen (Rosen aus Galgenholz) were also published in the 1920s, followed by the next novel Das groβe Alkahest (1926, republished as Der Starost in 1938): like Atum, the alcahest or acidum universale of Paracelsus represents a supernatural power which invalidates human greed and aspiration.

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