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Famous Novelists from Germany

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List of notable or famous novelists from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Germany and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Germany is included when available.

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This historic novelists from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Germany?" These prominent novelists of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German novelists.

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Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
age 71
Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel, better known by the name Danielle Steel, is an American novelist, currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all ...more
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Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Died at 85 (1922-2007)
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was an American writer. His works, such as Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions, blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen, he ...more
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 83 (1749-1832)
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
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Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 31 (1932-1963)
Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, before ...more
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Charles Bukowski is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)
Henry Charles Bukowski was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and beautiful economic ambience of his home city of ...more
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Mary Astor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1906-1987)
Mary Astor was an American actress. Best remembered for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon, Astor began her long motion picture career as a teenager in the silent movies of ...more
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Henry Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 89 (1891-1980)
Henry Valentine Miller was an American writer. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms, developing a new sort of semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social ...more
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Rainer Maria Rilke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 51 (1875-1926)
René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke —better known as Rainer Maria Rilke —was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense ...more
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Hanns Heinz Ewers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 72 (1871-1943)
Hanns Heinz Ewers was a German actor, poet, philosopher, and writer of short stories and novels. While he wrote on a wide range of subjects, he is now known mainly for his works of horror, ...more
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Karl May is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1842-1912)
Karl Friedrich May was a popular German writer, noted mainly for adventure novels set in the American Old West and similar books set in the Orient and Middle East. In addition, he wrote stories ...more
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Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 85 (1877-1962)
Hermann Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search ...more
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Louise Erdrich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
age 64
Louise Erdrich is an Ojibwe writer of novels, poetry, and children's books featuring Native American characters and settings. She is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa ...more
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Betty Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1896-1972)
Betty Smith, née Elisabeth Wehner, was an American author.
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Theodore Dreiser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 74 (1871-1945)
Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser was an American novelist and journalist of the naturalist school. His novels often featured main characters who succeeded at their objectives despite a lack of a ...more
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Heinz Günther is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Heinz Günther Dec. at 78 (1921-1999)
Heinz G. Konsalik, pseudonym of Heinz Günther was a German novelist. Konsalik was his mother's maiden name. During the Second World War he was a war correspondent that provided many ...more
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L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 63 (1856-1919)
Lyman Frank Baum, better known by his pen name L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly known for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel ...more
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 86 (1927-2013)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, CBE was a German-born British and American Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She is perhaps best known for ...more
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Annette von Droste-Hülshoff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 51 (1797-1848)
Anna Elisabeth Franziska Adolphine Wilhelmine Louise Maria, Freiin von Droste zu Hülshoff, known as Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, was a 19th-century German writer and composer. She was ...more
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Hans Peter Richter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Hans Peter Richter Dec. at 68 (1925-1993)
Hans Peter Richter was a German author. He was born in Cologne, Germany, went to school in Germany, studied at the university of Hannover, and graduated in 1968. He also spent some of his life ...more
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Anita Desai is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
age 81
Anita Mazumdar Desai is an Indian novelist and the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a writer she has been shortlisted for the ...more
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Lois Wyse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1926-2007)
Lois Wyse was an American advertising executive, author and columnist. At the time of her death, Wyse was credited with writing more than 60 books on diverse topics such as business, love and
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Hermann Schmid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Hermann Schmid
Hermann Theodor von Schmid was an Austrian-German novelist, dramatist, and theatre director.
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Denis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
age 69
Denis Hale Johnson is an American writer best known for his short story collection Jesus' Son and his novel Tree of Smoke, which won the National Book Award for Fiction. He also writes plays, ...more
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Arno Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 65 (1914-1979)
Arno Schmidt was a German author and translator. Although little known outside of German-speaking areas, as his works present formidable challenges to translators, and not one of the popular ...more
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Alfred Döblin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 79 (1878-1957)
Bruno Alfred Döblin was a German novelist, essayist, and doctor, best known for his novel Berlin Alexanderplatz. A prolific writer whose œuvre spans more than half a century and a wide ...more