German 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Intrigue and Love, Mary Stuart, Aesthetical and Philosophical Essays
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, ...more

E.T.A. Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
The Golden Pot, The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, The Sandman
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 ...more

Günter Grass is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
The Tin Drum, The Meeting at Telgte, The Flounder
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 ...more

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Pied Piper of Hamelin
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 ...more

Gerhart Hauptmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Hannele, Atlantis, Biberpelz und roter Hahn
Gerhart Hauptmann was a German dramatist and novelist. He is counted among the most important promoters of literary naturalism, though he integrated other styles into his work as well. He ...more

Erich Maria Remarque is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
All Quiet on the Western Front, The Road Back, The Black Obelisk
Erich Maria Remarque, born Erich Paul Remark, was a German author who created many works, with his best-known novel being All Quiet on the Western Front.

Stefan Heym is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Goldsborough, Der König David Bericht, Die Architekten
Helmut Flieg was a German writer, known by his pseudonym Stefan Heym. He lived in the United States between 1935 and 1952, before moving back to the part of his native Germany which was, from ...more

Albrecht Dürer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Nature's artist, Aus Albrecht Dürers aufzeichnungen über kunst, Albrecht Dürer
Albrecht Dürer was a German painter, printmaker, mathematician, and theorist from Nuremberg. His high-quality woodcuts established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was ...more

Franz Fühmann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Der Nibelunge Not, Die Verteidigung der Reichenberger Turnhalle, Die Sage von Trojas Fall
Franz Fühmann was a German writer who lived and worked in East Germany. He wrote in a variety of formats, including short stories, essays, screenplays and children's books. Influenced by ...more

Richard Courant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
What Is Mathematics?, Courant Intro to Calculus and Analysis, Kurs different͡s︡ialʹnogo i integralʹnogo ischislenii͡a︡
Richard Courant was a German mathematician. He is best known by the general public for the book What is Mathematics?, co-written with Herbert Robbins.

Paul Heyse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Vetter Gabriel
Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse was a distinguished German writer and translator. A member of two important literary societies, the Tunnel über der Spree in Berlin and Die Krokodile in Munich, ...more

Jean Paul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Levana, Titan, Flower
Jean Paul, born Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, was a German Romantic writer, best known for his humorous novels and stories.

Friedrich Kapp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Immigration and the Commissioners of Emigration, The life of John Kalb, major-general in the revolutionary army
Friedrich Kapp was a German-American lawyer, writer, and politician. He was an outspoken opponent of Germany's colonization fervor during his time as a National Liberal Reichstag deputy. This ...more

Max Zimmering is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Max Zimmering, was a German writer.

Wolfgang Harich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Wolfgang Harich was a philosopher and journalist in East Germany. A deserter from the German army in World War II and a member of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, Harich became a professor ...more

Norbert Schwarz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Cognition and communication
Norbert Schwarz is Provost Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and a co-director at the USC Dornsife Mind and ...more

Gotthold Gloger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Gotthold Gloger was a German writer and painter.

Friedrich Schlotterbeck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Albert Friedrich Schlotterbeck was a German author who wrote prose fiction, plays, and radio plays, and was a local leader of the German Resistance during World War II.

Rudolf Fischer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Rudolf Fischer was a German author.

Theo Harych is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Theo Harych was a German writer.

Maria Stona is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Maria Stona; Marie Scholz; born Stonawski was a Silesian German writer and poet. She drew into her circles many noticeable persons, world-famous artists, politicians and writers such as Georg ...more