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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 (born August 14, 1947) is an American writer, best known for her romance novels. She is the bestselling author alive and the fourth bestselling ...more

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Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 85 (1922-2007)
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five ...more

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Johann Wolfgang von Goet... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 83 (1749-1832)
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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Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Dec. at 31 (1932-1963)
Sylvia Plath (; October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at ...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 (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, ...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 (born Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke; May 3, 1906 – September 25, 1987) was an American actress. She is best remembered for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon ...more

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Henry Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Henry Miller Dec. at 89 (1891-1980)
Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American writer. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new type of semi-autobiographical novel ...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 (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke (German: [ˈʁaɪnɐ maˈʁiːa ˈʁɪlkə]), was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and ...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 (3 November 1871 – 12 June 1943) 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 ...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 ( MY; German: [maɪ]; 25 February 1842 – 30 March 1912) was a German writer best known for his adventure novels set in the American Old West. His main protagonists are Winnetou ...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 Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛɐ̯man ˈhɛsə]; July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-born poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The ...more

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Louise Erdrich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
age 64
Louise Erdrich (born Karen Louise Erdrich, June 7, 1954) is an American author, writer of novels, poetry, and children's books featuring Native American characters and settings. She is an ...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 (born Elisabeth Lillian Wehner; December 15, 1896 – January 17, 1972) was an American author. She is best known for her 1943 bestselling novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which is ...more
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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 (; August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945) was an American novelist and journalist of the naturalist school. His novels often featured main characters who succeeded ...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 (May 28, 1921 – October 2, 1999) was a German novelist. Konsalik was his mother's maiden name.During the Second World War he was a war ...more
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L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
L. Frank Baum Dec. at 63 (1856-1919)
Lyman Frank Baum (; May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author chiefly famous for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels. He wrote 14 novels in the ...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, (7 May 1927 – 3 April 2013) was a German-born British and American Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She is ...more
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Annette von Droste-H&uum... 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 (German: [aˈnɛtə fɔn ˈdʁɔstəˈhʏlshɔf] (listen); 10 or 12 ...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 Desai, born Anita Mazumdar (born 24 June 1937) is an Indian novelist and the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a writer she ...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 (October 30, 1926 – July 6, 2007) 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 ...more
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Hermann Schmid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
Hermann Schmid
Hermann Schmid may refer to Hermann von Schmid (1815–1880), Austrian-German novelist Hermann Schmid (computer scientist) eo:Hermann Schmid, a German Esperantist
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Denis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novelists from Germany
age 69
Denis Hale Johnson (July 1, 1949 – May 24, 2017) was an American writer best known for his short story collection Jesus' Son (1992) and his novel Tree of Smoke (2007), which won the National ...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 (18 January 1914 – 3 June 1979) was a German author and translator. He is little known outside of German-speaking areas, in part because his works present a formidable challenge to ...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 (10 August 1878 – 26 June 1957) was a German novelist, essayist, and doctor, best known for his novel Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929). A prolific writer whose œuvre spans ...more