Famous German Short Story Writers

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 1 Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Andernach
Died: March 9, 1994

German-American poet and short story writer ,Charles Bukowski, addressed the ordinary lives of poor Americans in most of his works. Since his death, he has been the subject of many critical books and articles. His stories have inspired several films like Tales of Ordinary Madness, Crazy Love, and Factotum.

 2 Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov.
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Famous As: Playwright, Short-story writer
Birthdate: January 29, 1860
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Taganrog, Russia
Died: July 15, 1904

Anton Chekhov was a Russian short-story writer and playwright. Widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of short fiction, Chekhov's works have influenced the progression of the modern short story. As a playwright, Anton Chekhov is credited with influencing the rise of modernism in theatre, along with August Strindberg and Henrik Ibsen.

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 3 Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann.
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Famous As: Novelist, Short Story Writer
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.

 4 Heinrich von Kleist

Heinrich von Kleist.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 18, 1777
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
Died: November 21, 1811

Dissatisfied with his army career, Heinrich von Kleist had also studied law and math but quit studies later to devote himself to writing. Part of German Romanticism, he penned iconic plays such as The Schroffenstein Family and Hermann’s Battle. He eventually shot himself and his lover Henriette in a murder-suicide.

 5 Siegfried Lenz

Siegfried Lenz.
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 6 Ludwig Tieck

Ludwig Tieck
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 31, 1773
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: April 28, 1853

 7 Sibylle Berg

Sibylle Berg
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Famous As: Writer
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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 8 Arnold Zweig

Arnold Zweig
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 10, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Głogów, Poland
Died: November 26, 1968

 9 Luise Rinser

Luise Rinser
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 30, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pitzling, 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.

 10 Johann Karl August Musäus

Johann Karl August Musäus
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 29, 1735
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jena, Germany
Died: October 28, 1787

 11 Marie Luise Kaschnitz

Marie Luise Kaschnitz
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Famous As: Short Story Writer
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. 

 12 Tankred Dorst

Tankred Dorst
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: December 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sonneberg, Germany
Died: June 1, 2017

 13 Volker Braun

Volker Braun
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany

 14 Leonhard Frank

Leonhard Frank
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 4, 1882
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
Died: August 18, 1961

 15 Carl Sternheim

Carl Sternheim
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: April 1, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: November 3, 1942

 16 Bernhard Kellermann

Bernhard Kellermann
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 4, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fürth, Germany
Died: October 17, 1951