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Famous Authors from Germany

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List of the most popular authors from Germany, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous German authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable German writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This list of famous German authors include Stefan Heym, Friedrich Schlotterbeck and more, answering the questions, "Which famous authors are from Germany?" and "Who are the best German authors?"

For further information on these historic German authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated authors from Germany to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.

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    Friedrich Schiller

    Friedrich Schiller

    Intrigue and Love, Mary Stuart

    BirthplaceMarbach am Neckar, Germany



    Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (German: [ˈjoːhan ˈkʁɪstɔf ˈfʁiːdʁɪç fɔn ˈʃɪlɐ]; 10... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    E.T.A. Hoffmann

    E.T.A. Hoffmann

    The Golden Pot, The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr

    BirthplaceKönigsberg, Germany


    NationalityKingdom of Prussia

    Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (commonly abbreviated as E. T. A. Hoffmann; born Ernst Theodor... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Günter Grass

    Günter Grass

    The Tin Drum, The Meeting at Telgte

    BirthplaceWrzeszcz, Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland, Europe



    Series WrittenDanzig Trilogy

    Günter Wilhelm Grass (German: [ˈɡʏntɐ ˈɡʁas]; 16 October 1927 – 13 April 2015) was a German... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy, The Sorrows of Young Werther

    BirthplaceFree City of Frankfurt


    NationalityHoly Roman Empire, German Confederation

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    Gerhart Hauptmann

    Gerhart Hauptmann

    Hannele, Atlantis

    BirthplaceEurope, Poland, Szczawno-Zdrój, Central Europe, Wałbrzych County



    Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann (15 November 1862 – 6 June 1946) was a German dramatist and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Erich Maria Remarque

    Erich Maria Remarque

    All Quiet on the Western Front, The Road Back

    BirthplaceEurasia, Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany


    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Erich Maria Remarque (born Erich Paul Remark; 22 June 1898 – 25 September 1970) was a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Stefan Heym

    Stefan Heym

    Goldsborough, Der König David Bericht

    BirthplaceChemnitz, Germany


    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Helmut Flieg or Hellmuth Fliegel (10 April 1913 – 16 December 2001) was a German writer,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Albrecht Dürer

    Albrecht Dürer

    Nature's artist, Aus Albrecht Dürers aufzeichnungen über kunst

    BirthplaceNuremberg, Germany



    Albrecht Dürer (; German: [ˈʔalbʁɛçt ˈdyːʁɐ]; 21 May 1471 – 6 April 1528) sometimes spelt in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Franz Fühmann

    Franz Fühmann

    Der Nibelunge Not, Die Verteidigung der Reichenberger Turnhalle

    BirthplaceEurope, Rokytnice nad Jizerou, Czech Republic, Central Europe


    NationalityGerman Democratic Republic, Germany

    Franz Fühmann (15 January 1922 – 8 July 1984) was a German writer who lived and worked in East... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Richard Courant

    Richard Courant

    What Is Mathematics?, Courant Intro to Calculus and Analysis

    BirthplaceLubliniec, Poland


    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Richard Courant (January 8, 1888 – January 27, 1972) was a German American mathematician. He... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Paul Heyse

    Paul Heyse

    Vetter Gabriel

    BirthplaceEurasia, Berlin, Germany



    Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse (15 March 1830 – 2 April 1914) was a distinguished German writer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Jean Paul

    Jean Paul

    Levana, Titan

    BirthplaceWunsiedel, Germany



    Jean Paul (German: [ʒɑ̃ paʊl]; born Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, 21 March 1763 – 14... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Friedrich Kapp

    Friedrich Kapp

    Immigration and the Commissioners of Emigration, The life of John Kalb

    BirthplaceHamm, Germany


    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Friedrich Kapp (13 April 1824 – 27 October 1884) was a German-American lawyer, writer, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Max Zimmering (16 November 1909 – 15 September 1973), was a German writer.Amazon buy button
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    Wolfgang Harich (3 December 1923 – 15 March 1995) was a philosopher and journalist in East... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Norbert Schwarz

    Norbert Schwarz

    Cognition and communication



    NationalityUnited States of America

    Norbert Schwarz is Provost Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Marshall School... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Gotthold Gloger (17 June 1924 – 16 October 2001) was a German writer and painter.Amazon buy button
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    Friedrich Schlotterbeck
    Albert Friedrich Schlotterbeck (January 9, 1909 – April 7, 1979) was a German author who wrote... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Rudolf Fischer (6 March 1901 – 4 June 1957) was a German author.Amazon buy button
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    Theo Harych (19 December 1903 – 22 February 1958) was a German writer.Amazon buy button
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    Maria Stona
    Maria Stona; Marie Scholz; born Stonawski (1859–1944) was a Silesian German writer and poet.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button