List of famous German writers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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

01 March 1945

Frankfurt am Main, Weimar Germany

Gemini

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe

28 August 1749

22 March 1832

Frankfurt

Virgo

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

09 March 1994

Andernach

Leo

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht

10 February 1898

14 August 1956

Augsburg, German Empire

Aquarius

Roland EmmerichRoland Emmerich

10 November 1955

Stuttgart, Germany

Scorpio

Dietrich BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer

04 February 1906

09 April 1945

Breslau, Silesia Province, Prussia

Aquarius

Hermann HesseHermann Hesse

02 July 1877

09 August 1962

Calw

Cancer

Paul Thomas MannThomas Mann

06 June 1875

12 August 1955

Lübeck, Germany

Gemini

Günter GrassGünter Grass

16 October 1927

13 April 2015

Free City of Danzig

Libra

Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller

10 November 1759

09 May 1805

Marbach am Neckar

Scorpio

Erich Maria RemarqueErich Maria Remarque

22 June 1898

25 September 1970

Osnabrück, Saxony, Germany

Cancer

Herta MüllerHerta Müller

17 August 1953

Nițchidorf

Leo

NovalisNovalis

02 May 1772

25 March 1801

Oberwiederstedt, Electorate of Saxony, Germany

Taurus

Cornelia FunkeCornelia Funke

10 December 1958

Dorsten

Sagittarius

Jean PaulJean Paul

21 March 1763

14 November 1825

Wunsiedel, Holy Roman Empire

Aries

Angelus SilesiusAngelus Silesius

25 December 1624

09 July 1677

Wrocław

Capricorn

Alfred DoblinAlfred Doblin

10 August 1878

26 June 1957

Szczecin

Leo

Helmut SchmidtHelmut Schmidt

23 December 1918

10 November 2015

Hamburg

Capricorn

Heike MakatschHeike Makatsch

13 August 1971

Düsseldorf

Leo

Lukas PodolskiLukas Podolski

04 June 1985

Gliwice

Gemini

Till LindemannTill Lindemann

04 January 1963

Leipzig

Capricorn

Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle

16 February 1948

Lünen

Aquarius

Richard StraussRichard Strauss

11 June 1864

08 September 1949

Munich

Gemini

Franka PotenteFranka Potente

22 July 1974

Münster

Cancer

Heinz GuderianHeinz Guderian

17 June 1888

14 May 1954

Chełmno

Gemini

Erich HoneckerErich Honecker

25 August 1912

29 May 1994

Neunkirchen

Virgo

Gerhard SchröderGerhard Schröder

07 April 1944

Mossenberg-Wöhren

Aries

Erich FrommErich Fromm

23 March 1900

18 March 1980

Frankfurt

Aries

Joachim GauckJoachim Gauck

24 January 1940

Rostock

Aquarius

Rochus MischRochus Misch

29 July 1917

05 September 2013

Stare Siołkowice

Leo

Traudl JungeTraudl Junge

16 March 1920

10 February 2002

Munich

Pisces

Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel

02 July 1916

18 December 1982

Grzędy, Lower Silesian Voivodeship

Cancer

Assia WevillAssia Wevill

15 May 1927

23 March 1969

Berlin

Taurus

Adam WeishauptAdam Weishaupt

06 February 1748

18 November 1830

Ingolstadt

Aquarius

Armin Mueller-StahlArmin Mueller-Stahl

17 December 1930

Sovetsk

Sagittarius

Heinrich HeineHeinrich Heine

13 December 1797

17 February 1856

Düsseldorf, Germany

Sagittarius

Hardy KrügerHardy Krüger

12 April 1928

Bezirk Wedding

Aries

Angela GossowAngela Gossow

05 November 1974

Cologne

Scorpio

Rudolf SchenkerRudolf Schenker

31 August 1948

Hildesheim

Virgo

Max StirnerMax Stirner

25 October 1806

26 June 1856

Bayreuth

Scorpio

Kurt SchwittersKurt Schwitters

20 June 1887

08 January 1948

Hanover

Gemini

Martin SchulzMartin Schulz

20 December 1955

Eschweiler

Sagittarius

Oswald SpenglerOswald Spengler

29 May 1880

08 May 1936

Blankenburg

Gemini

Helmuth von Moltke the ElderHelmuth von Moltke the Elder

26 October 1800

24 April 1891

Parchim

Scorpio

Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau

17 February 1904

19 July 1980

Coburg

Aquarius

Sigmar GabrielSigmar Gabriel

12 September 1959

Goslar

Virgo

Ulrike MeinhofUlrike Meinhof

07 October 1934

09 May 1976

Oldenburg

Libra

Manfred RommelManfred Rommel

24 December 1928

07 November 2013

Stuttgart

Capricorn

Gotthold Ephraim LessingGotthold Ephraim Lessing

22 January 1729

15 February 1781

Kamenz

Aquarius

Leopold von RankeLeopold von Ranke

21 December 1795

23 May 1886

Wiehe

Sagittarius

Loki SchmidtLoki Schmidt

03 March 1919

21 October 2010

Hamburg

Pisces

Ludwig BeckLudwig Beck

29 June 1880

20 July 1944

Biebrich

Cancer

George GroszGeorge Grosz

26 July 1893

06 July 1959

Berlin

Leo

Karl JaspersKarl Jaspers

23 February 1883

26 February 1969

Oldenburg

Pisces

Siegfried LenzSiegfried Lenz

17 March 1926

07 October 2014

Ełk

Pisces

W. G. SebaldW. G. Sebald

18 May 1944

14 December 2001

Wertach

Taurus

Moses MendelssohnMoses Mendelssohn

06 September 1729

04 January 1786

Dessau

Virgo

Franz HalderFranz Halder

30 June 1884

02 April 1972

Würzburg

Cancer

Emilie SchindlerEmilie Schindler

22 October 1907

05 October 2001

Maletín

Libra

Blixa BargeldBlixa Bargeld

12 January 1959

West Berlin

Capricorn

Paul von Lettow-VorbeckPaul von Lettow-Vorbeck

20 March 1870

09 March 1964

Saarlouis

Pisces

Wolfgang BeltracchiWolfgang Beltracchi

04 February 1951

Höxter

Aquarius

Heinrich von KleistHeinrich von Kleist

18 October 1777

21 November 1811

Frankfurt (Oder)

Libra

Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain

09 September 1855

09 January 1927

Portsmouth

Virgo

Magnus HirschfeldMagnus Hirschfeld

14 May 1868

15 May 1935

Kołobrzeg

Taurus

Christiane F.Christiane F.

20 May 1962

Hamburg

Taurus

Max BeckmannMax Beckmann

12 February 1884

27 December 1950

Leipzig

Aquarius

Ernst LubitschErnst Lubitsch

29 January 1892

30 November 1947

Berlin

Aquarius

Dieter HildebrandtDieter Hildebrandt

23 May 1927

20 November 2013

Bolesławiec

Gemini

Michael EndeMichael Ende

12 November 1923

28 August 1995

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Scorpio

Horst EhmkeHorst Ehmke

04 February 1927

12 March 2017

Free City of Danzig

Aquarius

Gerhart HauptmannGerhart Hauptmann

15 November 1862

06 June 1946

Szczawno-Zdrój

Scorpio

Lilli PalmerLilli Palmer

24 May 1914

27 January 1986

Poznań

Gemini

Karl RahnerKarl Rahner

05 March 1904

30 March 1984

Freiburg im Breisgau

Pisces

Hans MommsenHans Mommsen

05 November 1930

05 November 2015

Marburg

Scorpio

Karl MayKarl May

25 February 1842

30 March 1912

Hohenstein-Ernstthal

Pisces

Cosima WagnerCosima Wagner

24 December 1837

01 April 1930

Bellagio

Capricorn

Nelly SachsNelly Sachs

10 December 1891

12 May 1970

Schöneberg

Sagittarius

Markus WolfMarkus Wolf

19 January 1923

09 November 2006

Hechingen

Capricorn

Jil SanderJil Sander

27 November 1943

Wesselburen

Sagittarius

Sahra WagenknechtSahra Wagenknecht

16 July 1969

Jena

Cancer

Lina HeydrichLina Heydrich

14 June 1911

14 August 1985

Fehmarn

Gemini

Guido WesterwelleGuido Westerwelle

27 December 1961

18 March 2016

Bad Honnef

Capricorn

Peter SloterdijkPeter Sloterdijk

26 June 1947

Karlsruhe

Cancer

Eduard BernsteinEduard Bernstein

06 January 1850

18 December 1932

Schöneberg

Capricorn

Rudolf OttoRudolf Otto

25 September 1869

07 March 1937

Peine

Libra

Götz von BerlichingenGötz von Berlichingen

1480 AD

23 July 1562

Baden-Württemberg

Otto StrasserOtto Strasser

10 September 1897

27 August 1974

Bad Windsheim

Virgo

Hugo BallHugo Ball

22 February 1886

14 September 1927

Pirmasens

Pisces

Walther RathenauWalther Rathenau

29 September 1867

24 June 1922

Berlin

Libra

Andre Gunder FrankAndre Gunder Frank

24 February 1929

23 April 2005

Berlin

Pisces

Hans-Hermann HoppeHans-Hermann Hoppe

02 September 1949

Peine

Virgo

Günther RallGünther Rall

10 March 1918

04 October 2009

Gaggenau

Pisces

Jürgen MoltmannJürgen Moltmann

08 April 1926

Hamburg

Aries

Dietrich Fischer-DieskauDietrich Fischer-Dieskau

28 May 1925

18 May 2012

Berlin

Gemini

Ernst TollerErnst Toller

01 December 1893

22 May 1939

Szamocin

Sagittarius

Méret OppenheimMéret Oppenheim

06 October 1913

15 November 1985

Berlin-Charlottenburg

Libra

Frank WedekindFrank Wedekind

24 July 1864

09 March 1918

Hanover

Leo

Rudi DutschkeRudi Dutschke

07 March 1940

24 December 1979

Schönefeld

Pisces

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