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

Birthplace: Marbach am Neckar, Germany

Birthdate: 1759-11-10

Nationality: Germany

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (German: [ˈjoːhan ˈkʁɪstɔf ˈfʁiːdʁɪç fɔn ˈʃɪlɐ]; 10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and ...more

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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

Birthplace: Eurasia, Königsberg, Germany, East Prussia

Birthdate: 1776

Nationality: Kingdom of Prussia

Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (commonly abbreviated as E. T. A. Hoffmann; born Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann; 24 January 1776 – 25 June 1822) was a German Romantic author of fantasy and Gothic ...more
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Günter Grass is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
The Tin Drum, The Meeting at Telgte, The Flounder

Birthplace: Free City of Danzig, Poland

Birthdate: 1927-10-16

Nationality: Germany

Series Written: Danzig Trilogy

Günter Wilhelm Grass (German: [ˈɡʏntɐ ˈɡʁas]; 16 October 1927 – 13 April 2015) was a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor, and recipient of the 1999 ...more
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Johann Wolfgang von Goet... 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

Birthplace: Free City of Frankfurt

Birthdate: 1749-08-28

Nationality: Holy Roman Empire, German Confederation

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (, also US: GURT-ə, GAYT-ə, -⁠ee; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn ˈɡøːtə] (listen); 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works ...more

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Gerhart Hauptmann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Hannele, Atlantis, Biberpelz und roter Hahn

Birthplace: Szczawno-Zdrój, Poland

Birthdate: 1862-11-15

Nationality: Germany

Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann (15 November 1862 – 6 June 1946) was a German dramatist and novelist. He is counted among the most important promoters of literary naturalism, though he ...more
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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

Birthplace: Osnabrück, Germany

Birthdate: 1898-06-22

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Erich Maria Remarque (born Erich Paul Remark; 22 June 1898 – 25 September 1970) was a 20th-century German novelist. His landmark novel All Quiet on the Western Front (1928), about the German ...more
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Stefan Heym is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Goldsborough, Der König David Bericht, Die Architekten

Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany

Birthdate: 1913-04-10

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Helmut Flieg or Hellmuth Fliegel (10 April 1913 – 16 December 2001) was a German writer, known by his pseudonym Stefan Heym. He lived in the United States (or served in its army abroad) between ...more
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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

Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany

Birthdate: 1471-05-21

Nationality: Germany

Albrecht Dürer (; German: [ˈʔalbʁɛçt ˈdyːʁɐ]; 21 May 1471 – 6 April 1528) sometimes spelt in English as Durer or Duerer, without umlaut, was a painter, printmaker, and theorist of ...more
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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

Birthplace: Rokytnice nad Jizerou, Czech Republic

Birthdate: 1922-01-15

Nationality: German Democratic Republic, Germany

Franz Fühmann (15 January 1922 – 8 July 1984) was a German writer who lived and worked in East Germany. He wrote in a variety of formats, including short stories, essays, screenplays and ...more
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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

Birthplace: Lubliniec, Poland

Birthdate: 1888-01-08

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Richard Courant (January 8, 1888 – January 27, 1972) was a German American mathematician. He is best known by the general public for the book What is Mathematics?, co-written with Herbert
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Paul Heyse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Vetter Gabriel

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Birthdate: 1830-03-15

Nationality: Germany

Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse (15 March 1830 – 2 April 1914) was a distinguished German writer and translator. A member of two important literary societies, the Tunnel über der Spree in ...more
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Jean Paul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Levana, Titan, Flower

Birthplace: Wunsiedel, Germany

Birthdate: 1763-03-21

Nationality: Germany

Jean Paul (German: [ʒɑ̃ paʊl]; born Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, 21 March 1763 – 14 November 1825) was a German Romantic writer, best known for his humorous novels and stories.
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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

Birthplace: Hamm, Germany

Birthdate: 1824-04-13

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Friedrich Kapp (13 April 1824 – 27 October 1884) was a German-American lawyer, writer, and politician. He was an outspoken opponent of Germany's colonization fervor during his time as a National ...more
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Max Zimmering is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Germany

Birthplace: Pirna, Germany

Birthdate: 1909-11-16

Nationality: German Democratic Republic, Germany

Max Zimmering (16 November 1909 – 15 September 1973), was a German writer.
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Wolfgang Harich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Germany

Birthplace: Königsberg, Germany

Birthdate: 1923-12-03

Nationality: Germany

Wolfgang Harich (3 December 1923 – 15 March 1995) 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 ...more
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Norbert Schwarz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Germany
Cognition and communication

Birthplace: Germany

Birthdate: 1953-03-28

Nationality: United States of America

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 of the USC Dornsife Mind and ...more
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Gotthold Gloger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Germany

Birthplace: Königsberg, Germany

Birthdate: 1924-06-17

Nationality: Germany

Gotthold Gloger (17 June 1924 – 16 October 2001) was a German writer and painter.
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Friedrich Schlotterbeck ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Germany

Birthplace: Reutlingen, Germany

Birthdate: 1909-01-09

Nationality: Germany

Albert Friedrich Schlotterbeck (January 9, 1909 – April 7, 1979) was a German author who wrote prose fiction, plays, and radio plays, and was a local leader of the German Resistance during World ...more
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Rudolf Fischer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Germany

Birthplace: Dresden, Germany

Birthdate: 1901-03-06

Nationality: German Democratic Republic, Germany

Rudolf Fischer (6 March 1901 – 4 June 1957) was a German author.
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Theo Harych is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Germany

Birthplace: Gmina Doruchów, Poland

Birthdate: 1903-12-19

Nationality: German Democratic Republic, Germany

Theo Harych (19 December 1903 – 22 February 1958) was a German writer.
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Maria Stona is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Germany

Birthdate: 1861-12-01

Maria Stona; Marie Scholz; born Stonawski (1859–1944) was a Silesian German writer and poet. Her daughter was the sculptor Helen Zelezny-Scholz. In Třebovice she led artistic salon. She drew ...more