Literature has always been considered the escape route for the emotionally exhausted. Germany, characterized by extreme political turmoil, has produced literature par excellence, over the years. German literature has undergone transformation along with the changes in their social, political, economic and religious situations. It has seen its highs and lows, and has produced some of the finest writers ever born. Be it 1999 Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass, or the famous Jean Paul of ‘Titan’ fame, works by German writers have always fascinated the world. They have been translated in all languages, English being the most preferred. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose work ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin’ every fairy tale book swears by, is probably the most famous German author, to be the inspiration behind many literary works in English. Germany, most known for its lyrical poetry, didactic poetry, epopees, use of irony and drama, modern German literature has also given us the likes of Bertolt Brecht, Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka. We bring to you a collection of biographies of some of the most popular German writers. Read on and find out all about their life stories, timelines and also some interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.

Anne FrankAnne Frank
12 June 1929
Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle
16 February 1948
Spiritual Speaker & Author

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov
29 January 1860

Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864
Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
10 February 1898

Roland EmmerichRoland Emmerich
10 November 1955
Film Director, Screenwriter

Hermann HesseHermann Hesse
02 July 1877

Dietrich BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer
04 February 1906
Paul Thomas MannThomas Mann
06 June 1875
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Erich Maria RemarqueErich Maria Remarque
22 June 1898
Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller
10 November 1759
Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher

Günter GrassGünter Grass
16 October 1927

02 May 1772
Philosopher & Poet
Cornelia FunkeCornelia Funke
10 December 1958
Author of children’s fiction

Herta MüllerHerta Müller
17 August 1953
Jean PaulJean Paul
21 March 1763

Angelus SilesiusAngelus Silesius
25 December 1624

Alfred DoblinAlfred Doblin
10 August 1878
Writer, Doctor
Till LindemannTill Lindemann
04 January 1963
Singer, Actor, Poet, Swimmer, Writer, Carpenter,

Franka PotenteFranka Potente
22 July 1974
Actor, Screenwriter, Writer
Erich HoneckerErich Honecker
25 August 1912
Politician, Autobiographer, Non-fiction writer

Richard StraussRichard Strauss
11 June 1864
Composer, Conductor, Librettist, Writer

Gerhard SchröderGerhard Schröder
07 April 1944
Lawyer, Politician, Consultant, Non-fiction writer

Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel
02 July 1916
Aviator, Writer, Mountaineer, Officer
Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
31 May 1945
Screenwriter, Playwright, Film director, Actor,
Max StirnerMax Stirner
25 October 1806
Philosopher, Journalist, Writer, Anarchist

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Erich FrommErich Fromm
23 March 1900
Psychologist, Philosopher, University teacher,

Traudl JungeTraudl Junge
16 March 1920
Memoirist, Painter, Secretary, Writer
Götz von BerlichingenGötz von Berlichingen
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Michael HanekeMichael Haneke
23 March 1942
Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, University

Magnus HirschfeldMagnus Hirschfeld
14 May 1868
Physician, Writer, Psychologist, Screenwriter,

Helmut SchmidtHelmut Schmidt
23 December 1918
Politician, Economist, Civil servant, Non-fiction

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Manfred RommelManfred Rommel
24 December 1928
Writer, Politician, Jurist
Emilie SchindlerEmilie Schindler
22 October 1907
Writer, Autobiographer

Rudolf SchenkerRudolf Schenker
31 August 1948
Composer, Entrepreneur, Guitarist, Writer
Ludwig BeckLudwig Beck
29 June 1880
Writer, Military personnel

Oswald SpenglerOswald Spengler
29 May 1880
Writer, Historian, Philosopher, Sociologist,

Assia WevillAssia Wevill
15 May 1927
Socialite, Poet
Helmuth von Moltke the ElderHelmuth von Moltke the Elder
26 October 1800
Writer, Officer, Historian

Ernst JüngerErnst Jünger
29 March 1895
Soldier, Author, Entomologist
Lou Andreas-SaloméLou Andreas-Salomé
12 February 1861
Psychoanalyst, author

Heinrich HeineHeinrich Heine
13 December 1797

Ulrike MeinhofUlrike Meinhof
07 October 1934
Journalist, Writer, Sociologist

Franz HalderFranz Halder
30 June 1884
Soldier, Writer, Diarist

Lina HeydrichLina Heydrich
14 June 1911
Hardy KrügerHardy Krüger
12 April 1928
Actor, Autobiographer, Writer

Angela GossowAngela Gossow
05 November 1974
Singer, Journalist, Writer, Songwriter

Lilli PalmerLilli Palmer
24 May 1914
Actor, Writer, Table tennis player, Autobiographer

Armin Mueller-StahlArmin Mueller-Stahl
17 December 1930
Television actor, Voice actor, Film director,
Heike MakatschHeike Makatsch
13 August 1971
Actor, Television presenter, Writer, Singer,

Paul von Lettow-VorbeckPaul von Lettow-Vorbeck
20 March 1870
Politician, Writer, Officer
Edgar RosenbergEdgar Rosenberg
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Film producer

Hans-Hermann HoppeHans-Hermann Hoppe
02 September 1949
Economist, Philosopher, Academic, University

Rochus MischRochus Misch
29 July 1917
Writer, Painter, Military personnel
Michael EndeMichael Ende
12 November 1923
writer, children's writer, screenwriter, science

Karl MayKarl May
25 February 1842
Writer, Novelist, Children's writer, Screenwriter
Jacob GrimmJacob Grimm
04 January 1785

Peter SloterdijkPeter Sloterdijk
26 June 1947
Philosopher, Television presenter, Writer,

Theodor FontaneTheodor Fontane
30 December 1819
Pharmacist, Writer, Poet, Historian, Translator,
Martin SchulzMartin Schulz
20 December 1955
Politician, Bookseller, Non-fiction writer

Karl JaspersKarl Jaspers
23 February 1883
Philosopher, Psychiatrist, Physician, Theologian,
Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
09 September 1855
Racial theorist, Writer, Politician, Philosopher,

W. G. SebaldW. G. Sebald
18 May 1944
Writer, Poet, Professor

Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau
17 February 1904
Judge, Political scientist, Writer, Philosopher,

Otto StrasserOtto Strasser
10 September 1897
Journalist, Politician, Writer
George GroszGeorge Grosz
26 July 1893
Painter, Draughtsperson, Photographer, University
Leopold von Sacher-MasochLeopold von Sacher-Masoch
27 January 1836

Joachim GauckJoachim Gauck
24 January 1940
Politician, Pastor, Non-fiction writer, University

Heinrich BöllHeinrich Böll
21 December 1917

Otto Ernst RemerOtto Ernst Remer
18 August 1912
Eduard BernsteinEduard Bernstein
06 January 1850
Politician, Philosopher, Writer, Economist

Kurt SchwittersKurt Schwitters
20 June 1887
Painter, Artist, Sculptor, Graphic designer,

Blixa BargeldBlixa Bargeld
12 January 1959
Actor, Composer, Experimental musician, Singer,

Christiane F.Christiane F.
20 May 1962
Actor, Writer

Ernst LubitschErnst Lubitsch
29 January 1892
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer,
Ferdinand LassalleFerdinand Lassalle
11 April 1825
Writer, Politician, Economist, Lawyer, Philosopher

Cosima WagnerCosima Wagner
24 December 1837
Composer, Writer, Director
Leopold von RankeLeopold von Ranke
21 December 1795
Historian, Academic, University teacher, Writer

Moses MendelssohnMoses Mendelssohn
06 September 1729
Philosopher, Translator, Writer, Bible translator

Frederick II of PrussiaFrederick II of Prussia
24 January 1712
Gotthold Ephraim LessingGotthold Ephraim Lessing
22 January 1729
Writer, Philosopher, Playwright, Poet, Librarian,

Friedrich HölderlinFriedrich Hölderlin
20 March 1770
Walther RathenauWalther Rathenau
29 September 1867
Politician, Engineer, Writer, Entrepreneur,

Paul BernPaul Bern
03 December 1889
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer

Heinrich von KleistHeinrich von Kleist
18 October 1777
Playwright, Poet, Short story writer, Novelist,

Thomas à KempisThomas à Kempis
1380 AD
theologian, Writer, philosopher
Karl HaushoferKarl Haushofer
27 August 1869
Geopolitician, Political scientist, Educationist,

Erich KästnerErich Kästner
1899 AD
Günther RallGünther Rall
10 March 1918
Writer, Aviator, Officer

Markus WolfMarkus Wolf
19 January 1923
Writer, Journalist

Patrick SüskindPatrick Süskind
26 March 1949
German writer

Rudi DutschkeRudi Dutschke
07 March 1940
Sociologist, Politician
Karl RahnerKarl Rahner
05 March 1904
Theologian, Writer, University teacher, Catholic