Famous German Short Story Writers

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Thomas Mann
(German Novelist Who Won the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Thomas Mann
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Birthdate: June 6, 1875
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lübeck, Germany
Died: August 12, 1955
German author Thomas Mann, known for his epic novels, was part of the Hanseatic Mann family of authors. He depicted his own family in his novel Buddenbrooks. He won the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature. During Hitler’s reign, he fled to Switzerland and then to the U.S.
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Hermann Hesse
(Poet, Novelist & Painter Who Won the 1946 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Hermann Hesse
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Birthdate: July 2, 1877
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calw, Germany
Died: August 9, 1962

German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter Hermann Hesse received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. He explored individuals’ search for authenticity, self-knowledge, and spirituality in his works. An intense and headstrong person from childhood, he developed an early interest in reading. He started writing as a young man and became an influential author in the German-speaking world. 

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Heinrich Böll
(One of Germany’s Foremost Post-World War II Writers)
Heinrich Böll
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Birthdate: December 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: July 16, 1985

Nobel Prize-winning German author Heinrich Böll refused to join the Nazi youth wing and became a bookseller’s apprentice instead. However, he fought for the German Army later. He is best remembered for his works such as The Clown and The Silent Angel, revolving around themes of war.

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Siegfried Lenz
(German Writer Best Known For His Novel ‘The German Lesson')
Siegfried Lenz
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Birthdate: March 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Elk, Poland
Died: October 7, 2014

Siegfried Lenz was a German writer best remembered for his novels, essays, and short stories. He also served as a soldier in Nazi Germany's navy during World War II. He then went on to establish himself as a notable writer, winning prestigious awards like the International Nonino Prize and the Goethe Prize.

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Sibylle Berg
(Writer)
Sibylle Berg
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Birthdate: June 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Weimar, Bezirk Erfurt, Germany

Sibylle Berg is a German-born Swiss author and playwright considered one of the most famous and influential writers and playwrights in the German-speaking world. She writes novels, essays, fiction, and plays, and her books have been translated into 30 languages. She is non-binary and a popular figure in the LGBTQAI+ community. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.  

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Luise Rinser
(German Writer Best Known for Her Novels and Short Stories)
Luise Rinser
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Birthdate: April 30, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Landsberg am Lech, Germany
Died: March 17, 2002

Initially a teacher, Luise Rinser later joined the Frauenschaft. She was later imprisoned for not supporting the Nazis. Her experiences in the prison were collected in Prison Journal, which became a bestseller. The German author was quite politically active in her country and was well-traveled too.

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Johann Karl August Musäus
(German Writer of Fairy Tales)
Johann Karl August Musäus
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Birthdate: March 29, 1735
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jena, Germany
Died: October 28, 1787

Johann Karl August Musäus was a popular 18th-century German author. He was among the first collectors of German folk stories and is best known for his Volksmärchen der Deutschen, a collection of German fairy tales retold as satires. Besides writing, he also taught ancient history and languages at the Wilhelm-Ernst-Gymnasium in Weimar. An asteroid has been named after him. 

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Marie Luise Kaschnitz
(German Short Story Writer, Novelist, Essayist and Poet)
Marie Luise Kaschnitz
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Birthdate: January 31, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: October 10, 1974

Marie Luise Kaschnitz was a German writer of short stories, essays, and novels. She is counted among the leading post-war German poets. Most of her short stories were inspired by her life experiences. Her stories often dealt with particular stages in a woman's life. She was the recipient of many prizes, including the Georg Büchner Prize. 

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Volker Braun
(German Poet)
Volker Braun
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Birthdate: May 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany

Volker Braun is a German writer best known for his works like Provocation for me, The Dumpers, and The Unrestrained Life of Kast. Braun, who writes plays, novels, poetry, and short stories, has been honored with several prestigious prizes and distinctions, such as the National Prize of East Germany, the Schiller Memorial Prize, and the Georg Büchner Prize.

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Carl Sternheim
(German Playwright Best Known for Plainly Written Satiric Comedies About Middle-Class Values and Aspirations)
Carl Sternheim
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Birthdate: April 1, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: November 3, 1942

Carl Sternheim was a German short story writer and playwright. One of the best-known exponents of expressionism in Germany, Sternheim satirized the moral sensibilities of the bourgeoisie during the Wilhelmine period. Many of Sternheim's works remain popular and have been adapted into plays; his comedy Bürger Schippel was adapted into a West End production in the 1970s.