German Famous Authors from Germans

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List of the most popular authors from Germans, 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 Germans 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 Germans writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Friedrich Schiller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Germans
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Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life, Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. They frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics, and Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe challenge opponents to their philosophical vision. ...more

Works Written: Intrigue and Love, Mary Stuart, Aesthetical and Philosophical Essays, Ode to Joy, The Criminal of Lost Honour, + more

Birthplace: Marbach am Neckar, Germany

Birthdate: 1759-11-10

Nationality: Germany

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#27 on The Best Writers of All Time

#21 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#38 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#93 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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E.T.A. Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Germans
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Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, who was born Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach's famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which Hoffmann appears as the hero. He is also the author of the novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, on which the famous ballet The Nutcracker is based. The ballet Coppélia is based on two other stories that Hoffmann wrote, while Schumann's Kreisleriana is based on Hoffmann's character Johannes Kreisler. Hoffmann's stories were very influential during the 19th century, and he is one of the major authors of the ...more

Works Written: The Golden Pot, The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, The Sandman, Contes, El Cascanueces, + more

Birthplace: Königsberg, Germany

Birthdate: 1776-01-24

Nationality: Kingdom of Prussia

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Günter Grass is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Germans
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Günter Wilhelm Grass was a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. Grass was of mixed Kashubian-German descent and self-identified as Kashubian. He was born in the Free City of Danzig. He served as a teen-aged soldier in the Waffen SS starting in 1944, and was taken prisoner by U.S. forces in May 1945. He was released in April 1946. Trained as a stonemason and sculptor, he began writing in the 1950s. In his fiction, he frequently returned to the Danzig of his childhood. Grass is best known for his first novel, The Tin Drum, a key text in European magic realism. It was the first book of his Danzig Trilogy, ...more

Works Written: The Tin Drum, The Meeting at Telgte, The Flounder, Cat and Mouse, Two States - One Nation?, + more

Birthplace: Free City of Danzig, Poland

Birthdate: 1927-10-16

Nationality: Germany

Series Written: Danzig Trilogy

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#35 on The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Germans
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him are extant. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm ...more

Works Written: Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Pied Piper of Hamelin, Italian Journey, Elective Affinities, + more

Birthplace: Free City of Frankfurt

Birthdate: 1749-08-28

Nationality: Holy Roman Empire, German Confederation

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#20 on The Best Writers of All Time

#5 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#45 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#94 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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